Great Britain 1722 guinea Fr-237

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31123
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31123 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description[1] noted, "George I gold Guinea 1722 XF40 NGC. An unusually appealing specimen of this scarcer-dated Guinea, with most George I specimens on the market either produced in 1714, 1715 or 1726. Desirable thus, very sharply and centrally struck with defined edge rims, delicate luster residing in the fields and shrouding the devices. Besides its rarity, this piece also exhibits some interesting production quirks; George's portrait (excellent for an XF40 specimen) shows evidence of light double-striking, with a pronounced crack at the base of his neck, whilst the reverse French shield shows a ribbed irregularity to the flan. These factors coupled with very light die rust to the obverse imply that this was one of the last strikings from this die pair. A difficult date to acquire, particularly with the eye appeal commanded by this specimen, and a thoroughly enticing offering." This type was struck 1716-23 with no symbol below the bust. There is a variety (KM 546.2) with an elephant below the bust, indicating the use of African gold, which is very rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-327, KM 546.1, S-3631.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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