Great Britain 1790 1/2 guinea

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Heritage sale 3076, lot 33998
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This specimen was lot 33998 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it sold for $600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain: George III 1/2 Guinea 1790 MS62 NGC. A remarkably specimen with considerable flash remaining in the fields and a clear sharpness to the devices that seems to press the boundaries of the assigned grade. Tied with one other example in this penultimate grade, with just two pieces ranking a point higher." This type, struck 1787-1800, is the commonest English gold coin of the eighteenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.18 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3735; Fr-362; KM-608.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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