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FM22863

George II 1740/39 Two-Guineas, old head with overdate,

Regular price £6,750
Regular price Sale price £6,750

George II (1727-60), gold Two Guineas, 1740, 40 struck over 39, laureate head left, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GEORGIVS. II. DEI. GRATIA. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, incorporating the Arms of Hanover, date either side of crown, M.B.F. ET. HIB. REX. F.D. B. ET. L. D. S.R.I.A.T. ET. E. edge curved graining (Schneider 577 dies obv. 8/ rev. 8; Bull EGC 575; MCE 294; S.3668). Slabbed by NGC who claim the coin has been cleaned, however with its pleasant red natural tone and light haymarking we struggle to see how this coin is cleansed, there is a brighter element to the relief of the bust and this contrast may have made NGC conclude what they have on the label, otherwise this coin is an English good very fine to almost extremely fine.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "George by the Grace of God", and on 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 calendar year output of gold was only £196,245 which is the lowest reported for a year when the Two Guinea piece was minted.

Provenance:

Ex Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin, April 1976, item A566.

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