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Anne 1706 Five Guineas Post Union

Anne (1702-14), gold Five Guineas, 1706, Post-Union type, first draped bust left, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, ANNA. DEI. GRATIA. rev. crowned emblematic Post-Union cruciform shields, rose at centre, emblematic sceptres in angles, date either side of top crown, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .MAG. BRI.FR. ET.HIB. REG. edge inscribed in raised letters of inverted orientation to obverse, +DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN ANNO. REGNI. QVINTO. (Schneider 529; M.C.E. 200; S.3566). Has been lightly burnished on the bust, with a rim striking flaw on obverse, with full underlying brilliance and typical yellow gold colour as usually seen with the Post-Union 1706 issue, otherwise practically as struck and a very desirable coin.

The Latin legends translate as "Anne, by the grace of God," on obverse and on the reverse as "Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland," additionally on the edge as "an ornament and a safeguard, in the fifth year of the reign."

Though "The Rarity of Five Guinea Pieces - An Analysis" co-authored by this cataloguer in 2005 revealed the 1706 Post-Union Five Guineas to be the most commonly encountered of the Anne Five Guineas pieces, to find one as eye-appealing as this is highly unusual.

Provenance:

Ex Samuel King Collection of Highly Important English Gold Coins, Spink Coin Auction 173, 5th May 2005, lot 145.

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