Great Britain 1786 1/2 guinea

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2508
This specimen was lot 2508 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"George III. 1760-1820. 1/2 Guinea 1786, London. Vorzüglich-FDC. (kingdom of Great Britain, George III, 1760-1820, half guinea of 1786, London mint. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
The bust of 1774 (Fr-360) must have displeased mint officials as it was replaced before 1775 was over by this portrait. The guinea did not suffer a similar blunder.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 4.20 g.

Catalog reference: S-3734; Fr-361; KM-605.


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