Great Britain 1738 5 guineas
This specimen was lot 20265 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $21,150. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George II, 1727-1760. 5 Guineas, 1738 DVODECIMO. Young laureate bust left. Rv. Crowned quartered arms in ornate, garnished cartouche. A beautiful example that has been off the market for over two decades since it was last sold by Glendining’s. Delightfully mark-free with excellent luster. NGC AU-58. Ex: Glendining, 1989." This type was struck 1729-41 and is the most common five 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: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: S-3663A; Fr-332; KM-571.1.
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