We use cookies on our website to give you the best online experience. Please know that if you continue to browse on our site, you agree to this use. You can always block or disable cookies using your browser settings. To find out more, please review our privacy policy.

COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION: See the Atlanta Fed's list of publications, information, and resources; listen to our Pandemic Response webinar series.


Triumphant George Token

Move your cursor over the coin or tap it on your screen to see the reverse side.
Triumphant George Token front
Triumphant George Token back
  • These early U.S. coins are of British origin, most likely from Birmingham, England. They were designed to commemorate the end of the American Revolution. Some sources indicate that the head of the coin was intended to be either King George III or General George Washington. The laurel-wreathed George was in the style of King George III's Irish halfpenny image.
  • Historians believe these coins, circulated during the period of the Confederation in Georgia and Virginia, were intended to display patriotism and signify the new states' unity.
  • The coins were generally struck later than the dates shown on the coins. Some were struck after 1815 and circulated in the United States well into the mid-1800s.
  • The reverse of the coin features an allegorical female figure who perhaps represents Liberty but is similar to Britannia. The figure holds an olive branch in her right hand and a staff in her left. If it is intended to represent Britannia, she would be holding a trident. Liberty's staff traditionally includes a cap on top of her staff. The female figure represented on this coin stands behinds 13 columns with a fleur-de-lis, a traditional French symbol, in each corner. This symbolized the 13 united colonies and the French financial support that contributed to the colonists' victory in the American Revolution. The motto, Voce Popoli, translates to "By the Voice of the People."