Great Britain 1683 guinea

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Eliasberg lot 377
Great Britain 1683 guinea rev Eliasberg 377.jpg

This specimen was lot 377 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $5,520. The catalog description[1] noted, "1683 guinea. MS-61 (NGC). Fourth Bust. Similar types as above. Lustrous medium gold with toning highlights toward the periphery, lightly struck at 3:00. From B. Max Mehl's sale of the Belden Roach Collection, February 1944, Lot 1350." This type was struck 1672-84. There is a similar type (KM 440.2) struck during the same years with an elephant and castle added below the king's bust; this marked gold obtained from Africa.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold, .246 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 8.33 grams, 25.00 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Fr-287, S-3344, KM 440.1.


  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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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