||George III/IV silver Pattern Sixpence 1799, by John Milton for Col. Fullerton, plain edge, PR66 NGC. Both rarity and superb preservation with stunning, original silvery gray iridescent toning make this a fabulous example! This sixpence, which originally was part of a set of various denominations that have long been catalogued under the coins of George III, features the royal portrait facing left in the manner of the coinages of George IV: George III faces to right on his coins. This cataloguer has come to list it as a transition piece, as in point of fact it is probably not a king we see here but a prince, the future George IV as Prince Regent. As is true of the other denominations, this sixpence displays an elegant, portly portrait wearing an armored shoulder-piece with the hair long and wavy, probably intended to represent a fashionable wig. The visage most resembles images of George IV. The reverse is deeply engraved and features cruciform shields bearing the royal crests and Welsh plumes in the angles, with a tiny Saint George slaying the dragon within a diminutive representation of the Order of the Garter. It would be hard to imagine a much finer example than the presently offered coin.
Realized $1,292.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.