Great Britain 1747 guinea
This specimen was lot 30983 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $3,600. The catalog description noted, "George II gold Guinea 1747 AU58 NGC. The shallowly engraved design of this popular guinea type often results in a somewhat lower level of certification, and thus an AU58 certified specimen such as this, bordering on Mint State, is choice indeed. With no higher graded across either NGC or PCGS, this is as elite an example as currently exists on the market. Its surfaces are all but perfect, the strike wonderfully even, the toning a lovely peach glow over abundant original luster; all in all the appearance is prooflike, George's portrait crisp, and seemingly more matte than the reflective fields behind. A premium and umatched offering, worthy of the finest collection of guineas. From the Collection of A Scottish Gentleman." The guineas of George II come in many varieties and this one, struck 1747-60, is the fifth. All dates are scarce but this is probably the most available guinea of this ruler.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold, .246 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-588, S-3680.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.