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Origin: These silver half crowns are dated 1816 to 1820 and were issued under King George III, who ruled Great Britain during the American Revolution. The obverse shows the bust of King George III and the reverse shows a crowned royal shield of arms.
George III, often known as the "mad king that lost America," is perhaps best known for his suffering from mental illness. For a long time historians believed that the king suffered from porphyria, a genetic blood disease that ran in the royal family and could cause anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations among other symptoms. However, modern analysis of letters written by George has revealed that the king more likely suffered from bipolar disorder.
These coins were minted towards the end of George's life, after the king had lost his mind completely in 1811 and was living a life of seclusion in Windsor Castle. In reality, the Prince of Wales and eventual king George IV was already in power at this point.
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