Great Britain 1693 2 guineas Fr-301

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30778
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This specimen was lot 30778 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $28,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "William & Mary gold 2 Guineas 1693 MS62 NGC. Rare, a gorgeous coin with superb eye appeal, bold strike, glittering prooflike fields, beautiful reddish gold toning, broad denticles on each side, the dies perfectly centered, only tiny scattered abrasions that do not detract from the eye appeal, faint hairlines that are noticeable mainly because of the mirrored surfaces, and a single black metal flaw on the first quadrant of the royal shield as well as a few tiny black flecks elsewhere. The cataloguer (BL) has seen many of the finest known British gold coins, but cannot recall more than one or two other 2-guineas of this reign that were comparable to this wonderful specimen. Choice Uncirculated, obviously saved at issue and carefully kept for the past 317 years - a miracle of survival! From The Law Collection." This type of 1693-94 is also known with an elephant and castle below the busts (Fr-302) which would make it even more expensive.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 16.7 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM482.1, S-3424, Fr-301.


  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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