1807 George III AE Obverse Trial Strike Trade Token MS64

GREAT BRITAIN. George III. 1807 AE Obverse Trial Strike Trade Token. NGC MS64BN (Brown). By Macaulay & Babington. WE ARE ALL BRETHEN - SLAVE TRADE ABOLISHED / BY GREAT BRITAIN / (date). Two figures standing and facing each other, their hands clasped; five figures dancing around a tree in background right, a village with palm trees left, and two figures working a field at center. / Blank. FT-, cf. Eimer-984b. Struck ca. 1830-50, to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade. Intended to circulate at the company's trading stations in Sierra Leone. Exceedingly rare and quite possibly unique. Ex-David Vice Collection.

George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. His life and with it his reign, which were longer than any of his predecessors, were marked by a series of military conflicts involving his kingdoms, much of the rest of Europe, and places farther afield in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Early in his reign, Great Britain defeated France in the Seven Years' War, becoming the dominant European power in North America and India. However, many of Britain's American colonies were soon lost in the American War of Independence. Further wars against revolutionary and Napoleonic France from 1793 concluded in the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. In the later part of his life, George III had recurrent, and eventually permanent, mental illness. Although it has since been suggested that he had the blood disease porphyria, the cause of his illness remains unknown. Until it was reassessed in the second half of the 20th century, his reputation in the United States was one of a tyrant; and in Britain he became "the scapegoat for the failure of imperialism".


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