1797 Great Britain - Proclamation Coin - Cartwheel Twopence

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The 'Cartwheel' penny is a huge coin. Minted from new steam-powered presses it was able to be minted to a much higher standard of design than those coins that had come before it. Measuring 36mm in diameter and weighing in at 28gm it was actually the first copper penny in British history!

The obverse features the robed laureate bust of King George III facing right. The legend reads: 'GEORGIUS III-D:G-REX.'.

The reverse shows Britannia seated facing left, holding an olive branch and a trident with a shield resting beside, with a ship in the distance. The legend reads 'BRITANNIA.' above, with the date below.

Minted in Soho, Handsworth, England, the SOHO mintmark is below the shield of Britannia.

This coin is one of the Proclamation Coins.

This is the 10 Laurel Leaf variety.

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