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George I 1715 Guinea AU50, third head, ex Ellerby Treasure

George I (1714-27), gold Guinea, 1715, third laureate head right, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS. D. G. M. BR. FR. ET. HIB. REX. F.D., rev. crowned cruciform broad shields, incorporating the Arms of Hanover, ornamental sceptres in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .BRVN ET. L. DVX S.R.I.A.TH ET. EL., edge milled (Schneider 546; Bull EGC 504; MCE 247; S.3630). A nice example with flecking in fields, some surface marks around details, graded and conserved by NGC as AU50 with Ellerby Hoard label.

NGC Certification 6380983-194

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George by the Grace of God," continuing on the reverse in abbreviated Latin which if in shown in full reads "Magnae Britanniae Franciae et Hiberniae Rex Fidei Defensor Brun et Lunebergen-sis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurius et Elector," and translates as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

The calendar year output for the year of 1715 for gold was £1,739,505 which is the highest for the reign of George I, perhaps this goes some way to explain why there are two different heads for the year of 1715, the rarer second bust being exclusive to this year only.

Provenance:

Ex Ellerby Hoard, Spink Auction 22027, 7th of October 2022, Lot 215.

The Ellerby Hoard was the numismatic find of 2022 and has been more fully written up with its amazing results in Coin News December 2022 pages 40-43 by John Andrew.

We have secured a limited number of coins from the hoard which will all appear for sale on our website in due course.

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