Great Britain 1684 1/2 guinea Fr-290

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 20324
Great Britain SB118-20324r.jpg

This specimen was lot 20324 in Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Guinea, 1684. Charles II (1660-85). PCGS EF-45 Secure Holder. Second laureate bust (rounded truncation). Striking orange peel tone with great eye appeal elevates this example." This type was struck 1672-84. There is a similar type (KM 439.2) struck 1676-84 with an elephant and castle added below the king's bust; this marked gold obtained from Africa.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.18 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3348; Fr-290; KM-439.1.


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  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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