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GM24729

George II 1739 Guinea, first year for intermediate head, rare

George II (1727-60),gold Guinea, 1739, intermediate laureate head left, GEORGIUS.II. DEI.GRATIA,rev.secondcrowned quartered shield of arms, date either side of crown, M.B.F. ET. H. REX. F.D. B. ET. L. D. S. R. I. A. T ET. E., weight 8.37g (Schneider 588; Bull EGC 598; Farey 840; MCE 315; S.3676).Toned a bold fine with some surface marks both sides, rare date.

The Latin legends translate as on obverse "George II by the Grace of God" and continues on to the reverse 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 intermediate head was first introduced in 1739 for the gold Two Guinea and Guinea coins, but not in time for the Half Guinea where the bust first appears in 1740. £283,854 worth of gold was coined in calendar year 1739 and there were two different busts used on the Two Guinea of which the intermediate is the latter in use.

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