Great Britain 1711 2 guineas
This specimen was lot 386 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $4,680. The catalog description noted, "1711 2 guineas. AU-55 (NGC). Types similar as above. Lustrous yellow gold, tiny nicks in left obverse field, some hairlines. A pleasing example overall. Purchased from Stack’s, October 1942." This type was struck in small numbers 1709-14 and all dates are rare today, especially in nice condition. The catalog also records similar one and five guinea gold pieces. Unlike gold issues of the next century, which usually remained in bank vaults, these coins circulated extensively.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 16.7 g, .917 fine gold, .492 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 16.67 grams, 31.10 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 531, Fr-319, S-3569.
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