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BM02593

George II 1740 Two Guineas MS62

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 16.81g (MCE 294; S.3668). Slight surface marks both sides, one short hairline scratch on cheek, otherwise good very fine, reverse stronger almost extremely fine, has been graded and slabbed by PCGS as MS62.

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."

This coin has been graded by PCGS as MS62 but labelled as a straight date of 1740 with the overstrike not noted. When looking at the population reports on the PCGS website as of August 2017, there are only two straight date 1740 pieces graded higher and this one ties for third place. However, if you take the overstruck date into account for which PCGS have a separate line entry, as an MS62 this would be the highest graded overstruck date piece, with the two recorded only grading at 50 and 58.

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