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George I 1717 Two-Guineas

George I (1714-27), gold Two Guineas, 1717, laureate head right, legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS. D.G. M.B.FE. ET. HIB. REX. F.D., rev. die axis a little off-centre, crowned cruciform shields, incorporating the Arms of Hanover, sceptres in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, BRVN ET. L. DVX S.R.I.A.TH ET. EL., edge, diagonally grained, weight 16.74g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 499; MCE 242; S.3627). Has been once cleaned, now lightly toning with some light flecking both sides, otherwise good very fine.

1717 is the first year for the gold Two Guineas of George I, and the calendar year output of gold was £675,777. Sir Isaac Newton was the Master Worker of the Mint at this time and was the first to officially call the gold coinage the "guinea" in a report made in the Mint papers of 1717. The gold coins had been called Guineas colloquially since the time that gold dust and metal began to be imported from the African country of Guinea, during the reign of Charles II.

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