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Latin reads 'An ornament and safeguard - In the sixtieth year of his reign'<br />
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An incredibly rare £5 coin struck 200 years ago to commemorate King George III is set to sell for £250,000 - 50,000 times its face value.<br />
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Just 25 of the huge gold coins were made as the elderly George III lay dying in 1820 after sixty years on the British throne. <br />
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The sovereign coin, the last to feature the monarch's head, had been planned by the Royal Mint to be a celebration of the king's rule.<br />
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But he died before prototypes of the proposed coin could be completed and so it could not be put into circulation.<br />
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Instead a handful were struck were struck effectively as posthumous commemorative pieces. <br />
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The 1820 Pattern Five Pounds, featuring the bust of George III on one side and St George slaying a dragon on the other, is now among the rarest and most sought-after British coins.<br />
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This example, being sold by an unnamed lady owner, is tipped to fetch a staggering £250,000 when it goes under the hammer at London auction house Dix Noonan Webb.