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GM28143

George I 1724 Half-Guinea, last year for first head, very rare date

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George I (1714-27), gold Half-Guinea, 1724, first laureate head right, 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, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .BRVN ET. L. DVX S.R.I.A.TH ET. EL., weight 4.13g (Schneider -; Bull EGC 545 R3; MCE 273; S.3635). The final date for the bust type, flan a little bent with spade mark behind head and other scuffs from being recovered from the soil, flecked with some wear, otherwise almost very fine, reverse better, a very rare date not present in the Schneider Collection.

The Latin legends translates 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 "Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg, High Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire."

For the calendar year of 1724 there was a total of £273,809 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.

Provenance:

Ex Dr Rolf Baumhauer, British gold Collection, Auction 79, 24th October 2022, lot 1242.

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