Great Britain 1720 5 guineas

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21070
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This specimen was lot 21070 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $72,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Highly Elusive George I 1720 5 Guineas. GREAT BRITAIN. 5 Guineas, 1720. George I (1714-27). PCGS AU-53 Secure Holder. An attractive problem free AU with moderate evidence of circulation over the surfaces, but no major flaws that deserve individual notation. Warm orange tone and the sparkle of remnant luster among the outer legends helps to bolster the overall eye appeal. A VERY RARE date, and extremely desirable as such, with only six distinct examples appearing in archived auction records that date back to 2003. Presently tied with one other example for the finest graded at PCGS as well with a single higher certified example appearing in the NGC grading census. Ex: Leu Numismatik auction, October 2004, Lot #413." 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.

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

Catalog reference: Fr-325; S-3626; KM-547.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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