Great Britain 1716 5 guineas
This specimen was lot 24950 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $23,500. The catalog description noted, "George I gold 5 Guineas 1716, 'Secundo' edge (does not show in the slab), AU53 PCGS, selected for its good qualities: light even wear, hardly a mark, luster around the letters of the legends, a pleasing and nicely balanced portrait, sharp details in all portions of the reverse shield; one small haymark in the gold alloy on the "O" of the king's name. All in all, an exceptional fiver. Rare." This type was issued 1716-20 and 1726 and all dates are scarce. None of the British five guineas of the eighteenth century are cheap.
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, 1.230 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 547.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.