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GM27407

George I 1722 Half-Guinea, first type, scarce date

George I (1714-27),gold Half-Guinea, 1722, first laureate head right, legend with smaller lettering and broken serif Rs surrounding, GEORGIVS. D.G. M.B.FE. ET. HIB. REX. F.D.,rev.crowned cruciform shields, incorporating the Arms of Hanover, sceptres in angles, garter star at centre, date either side of top crown, large letter legend surrounding BRVN ET. L. DVX S.R.I.A.TH ET. EL., weight 4.16g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 542; MCE 271; S.3635).Toned with surface marks, scratches in obverse field, slightly double struck with some die clash evident, otherwise good fine to almost very fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "George by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith" and on the reverse as "Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

For the calendar year of 1722 there was a total of £594,716 worth of gold produced at the Mint which would have consisted entirely of Guineas and Half-Guineas, though the Guineas would most probably have been the lion's share of this.

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