Great Britain 1701 5 guineas

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Sincona sale 4, lot 4850
This specimen was lot 4850 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 12,000 CHF (about US$15,963 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GROSSBRITANNIEN William III. 1694-1702 5 Guineas 1701. Belorbeertes Brustbild nach rechts. Rv. Vier gekrönte Wappen ins Kreuz gestellt, in den Winkeln Zepter. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Great Britain, William III, 1694-1702, five guineas of 1701. Obverse: laureate bust to right; reverse: four shields in the form of a cross with scepters between. Very fine to extremely fine.)"
The five guineas was the largest gold coin issued for circulation in Great Britain; all are scarce to rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, 1.230 troy oz AGW, this specimen 41,61 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3456. Fr-310, KM 508.


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  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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