Great Britain 1687 5 guineas Fr-292

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 23972
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23972 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "James II gold 5 Guineas 1687, 1st Bust, AU Details "Rim Filed" NCS, but in point of fact the rims are not affected while the entire edge has been planed off. None the less, the obverse and reverse count most and they host a lovely aged rose-gold patina, portrait and shield both sharp and pleasing. Probably worn by some aristocrat as jewelry at one time." This type is known for 1686-88 and with an elephant and castle privy mark (KM 460.2) for 1687-88. Both are rare and expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, 1.230 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-3397, Fr-292, KM 460.1.

Source:

  • 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]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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