Great Britain 1698 1/2 guinea Fr-315
This specimen was lot 24127 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $3,055. The catalog description noted, "William III gold Half Guinea 1698, late harp, AU53 NGC, sharply struck but off center (a frequent occurrence on this type), lots of residual satiny luster, rare so fine." When milled coinage was introduced in 1663, the old unites, laurels, ryals and crowns were retired in favor of the guinea, its fractions and multiples. The guinea would be the basis for all gold issues until the reform of 1817 and took its name from the source of the original gold, the Gulf of Guinea in west Africa. After queen Mary's death in 1694, king William was featured alone on the coinage. This type is listed for 1697-1701 while the elephant-and-castle type (KM 487.4) is noted for 1698 only.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: S-3468, KM-487.3, Fr-315.
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