Great Britain 1726 guinea

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21061
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21061 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,070. The catalog description[1] noted, "George I gold Guinea 1726, 5th Older Bust, AU53 NGC, new slab, lustrous, well struck, dies centered producing a fine appearance, some interesting small blunders among the legends, struck from worn dies with a large break or die-flaw between the shields of the 3rd and 4th quadrants of the shield, scarce and an especially nice example. From the Highlands Park Collection of British Coins." The guinea of 21 shillings was the standard British gold coin during the eighteenth century and was issued in large numbers. Most were exported to pay soldiers and provide "subsidies" for friendly rulers. This type was struck 1723-27 and is expensive in nice condition. A variety with an elephant under the bust (KM 559.2) is also noted for 1726 but is rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold, .246 troy oz, 25-26 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: S3633, KM 559.1.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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