Great Britain 1740 2 guineas

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Sincona sale 20, lot 2902

This specimen was lot 2902 in Sincona sale 19 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 3,000 (about US$3,760 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "2 Guineas 1740. Sehr schön-gutes sehr schön. (very fine or better.)" The two guinea denomination was struck intermittently during the first half of the eighteenth century. This type, struck 1739-40, tho not cheap, is occasionally available. An intermediate head type (KM 578) exists for 1739 as well.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 16.7 g, .917 fine gold, .492 troy oz AGW, this specimen 16.69 g.

Catalog reference: S. 3668. Fr. 337. KM-578.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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