Great Britain 1746 5 guineas

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Sincona sale 54, lot 492
This specimen was lot 492 in Sincona sale 54 (Zurich, May 2019), where it sold for 35,000 CHF (about US$41,650 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GREAT BRITAIN | Königreich, George II. 1727-1760. 5 Guineas 1746, London. 19. Regierungsjahr. Mit LIMA. unter dem Brustbild, geprägt aus von Admiral Anson erbeutetem Gold. Selten. NGC AU53. Überdurchschnittliche Erhaltung. (kingdom of Great Britain, George II, 1727-60, five guineas of 1746, London mint, 19th year of reign, with LIMA under the bust, made from gold seized by Admiral Anson. Rare, Extraordinary condition.)"
Sixpences, halfcrowns and crowns exist with the "LIMA" stamped into the dies. Five guineas of this bust, but without the "LIMA", were later struck in 1748 and 1753.

Recorded mintage: unknown but rare.

Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 41.90 g.

Catalog reference: KM 586.1, Seaby 3665, Fr-335.


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  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 54: Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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