Great Britain 1678 2 guineas Fr-284
This specimen was lot 2427 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $41,125. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Two Guineas, 1678/7. Charles II. Second laureate bust right with a rounded truncation. Reverse: Crowned cruciform shields, scepters in angles. Edge milled. A spectacular mint state example well struck with orignal mint brilliance. Visually stunning, a coin for the connoisseur and very rare. NGC graded MS-63. WINGS." This type was struck 1675-84. There is a similar type (KM 443.2) struck during the same years with an elephant and castle added below the king's bust; this marked gold obtained from Africa.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 16.7 g, .917 fine gold, 0.492 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S.3335; Fr-284; KM-443.1.
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