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George II 1747 Guinea

George II (1727-60), gold Guinea, 1747, old laureate head left, legend surrounding, GEORGIVS. II. DEI. GRATIA. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, date either side of crown, abbreviated Latin legend, M.B.F.ET.H. REX. F.D.B.ET.L.D.S.R.I.A.T.ET.E edge grained, weight 8.39g (MCE.322; S.3680). Some light black flecking both sides, retaining considerable lustre with pleasant toning, some light hairlines, otherwise a bold extremely fine with a pleasing facial portrait.

According to John Craig's "The Mint" only £37,146 worth of gold was coined in calendar year 1747, which was only about 10% of the totals quoted in the years either side, which suggests that Guineas and Half-Guineas as the only gold coins of that year must be rare compared to either 1746, which certainly do turn up more often, or 1748. 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".

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