Great Britain 1693 5 guineas
This specimen was lot 381 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $9,775. The catalog description noted, "1693 5 guineas. AU-55 (NGC). Conjoined busts of William and Mary to right, legends around/crowned arms, legends around. Medium gold with rich toning at the rims, tiny reverse rim bruise above MAG, another above HIB, thin scratch under busts. Purchased from Walter F. Webb, April 1945." This type was struck 1691-94 and, like all five guinea pieces, is rare. A related variety, KM 479.2, has an elephant and castle on the obverse below the bust to indicate it was minted from African gold.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 41.75 g, .917 fine gold, 1.23 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 41.70 grams, 36.90 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 479.1, Fr-299, S-3422.
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