Great Britain 1788 1/2 guinea

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20310
GB 1788 half guinea rev P176-20310.jpg

This specimen was lot 20310 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George III, 1760-1820. Half-Guinea, 1788. NGC MS-62. Fifth laureate bust right. Rv. Crowned quartered, spade-shaped shield with arms. A fresh, original coin with bold luster. Ex: Superior, 1979 ANA." This type, struck 1787-1800, is the commonest English gold coin of the eighteenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3735; Fr-362; KM-608.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Bruce Roland Hagen, Ponterio sale 176: The Thos. H. Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • 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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