Great Britain 1738 2 guineas

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20271
GB 1738 2 guineas rev P176-20271.jpg

This specimen was lot 20271 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George II, 1727-1760. 2 Guineas, 1738. Young laureate bust left; slightly repositioned title. Rv. Crowned quartered arms in ornate, garnished cartouche. Sharply struck with good details. There are some slightly heavy hairlines under the bust. NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Ex: Keystone Coin Exchange, 1984 ANA." This type was struck 1734-39 and is the most common two guineas of the eighteenth century. George III did not issue two guineas so the last of the denomination is dated 1753.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 16.7 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3667B; Fr-336b; KM-576.


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  • 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, and Bruce Roland Hagen, Ponterio sale 176: The Thos. H. Law Collection of English Gold Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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