Great Britain 1688 5 guineas Fr-292

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from the Stack's Bowers 2017 ANA sale, lot 20452
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This specimen was lot 20452 in Stack's Bowers ANA Auction (Denver, CO, August 2017), where it sold for $36,425. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 5 Guineas, 1688. James II (1685-88). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. Second laureate bust. James II has been considered many things throughout English history; tyrannical, religious bigot, absolutist and unwilling to compromise. However during his short four year reign he kept taxes low and really did want religious freedom and equality. This of course did not sit well with Parliament who was primarily Protestant as James had replaced many high officials in the country with Catholics. While trying to flee from invading forces of his own daughter Mary and her husband William of Orange who were both protestant he allegedly threw the Great Seal of the Realm in the River Thames and was captured on December 11, 1688. On December 23 of the same year James was allowed to escape and fled to France where Louis XIV his cousin and ally received him with open arms and offered him a palace and pension. He lived out the rest of his life in exile. Nice strike with a few trivial handling marks and light attractive honey gold tone." This type was struck 1687-88. There is a similar type (KM 460.2) struck during the same years with the elephant and castle added below the king's bust; this symbol marked gold obtained from Africa.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, 1.2308 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: S-3397A; Fr-292; KM-460.1.


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  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2017 Denver ANA Auction: Ancients, Selections from The Richard Stuart Collection & World Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • 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.

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