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George II 1740 Two-Guineas 40 over 39, intermediate type head

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, weight 16.69g (Schneider 577 dies obv.8/ rev.8; Bull EGC 575; MCE 294; S.3668).Lightly toned, with some flecking, a pleasing very 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.

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