Great Britain 1759 1/2 guinea

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20280
GB 1759 half guinea rev P176-20280.jpg

This specimen was lot 20280 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $2,232. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George II, 1727-1760. Mint State 1759 Half-Guinea Old laureate bust left. Rv. Crowned quartered arms in ornate, garnished cartouche. There is a small raised die break on the bottom obverse edge. This is a wonderful piece that has all you could hope for. Mint State, not far from FDC. Frosty, crisp luster complements the full strike. NGC MS-63. Ex: Lubbock, 1983 ANA." This type was struck 1747-60 and is by far the most affordable gold coin of George II.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3685; Fr-349; KM-587.


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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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