Great Britain 1762 1/2 guinea

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Ponterio sale 176, lot 20300
GB 1762 half guinea rev P176-20300.jpg

This specimen was lot 20300 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $11,750. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George III, 1760-1820. Rare 1762 Half-Guinea—Ex: Norweb First laureate bust right. Rv. Crowned quartered shield with arms. A rare type, first year of issue, and emitted for only two dates. A superbly pedigreed coin that gleams with the brilliance of near perfection. This jewel glitters with the fully lustrous frost of a natural, original coin. Hammered down at £1,450 nearly 30 years ago. NGC MS-65. Ex: Spink’s 1985 Norweb Collection-English Coins Part I sale, Lot 262; previously Glendining sale, June 18, 1959, lot 116." This type was struck 1762-63 only and is tied with the 1774-75 (Fr-360) as the rarest half guinea of George III. This date is accompanied by a quarter guinea, the last issue of that denomination.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3731; Fr-358; KM-593.


  • 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.
  • [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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