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DM11725

George II 1759 Half-Guinea, old head

Regular price £2,900
Regular price Sale price £2,900

George II (1727-60), gold Half-Guinea, 1759, old laureate head left, legend surrounding with pellet stops, GEORGIVS.II. DEI.GRATIA., toothed outer border both sides, 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. weight 4.17g (Bull EGC 660; MCE 365; S.3685). Lightly toned, short scratch to left of reverse shield, crisply struck a pleasing extremely fine and scarce.

The Latin legends translate to on obverse "George II by the Grace of God" continuing on the reverse in abbreviated Latin which if in shown in full reads "Magnae Britanniae Franciae et Hiberniae Rex Fidei Defensor Brun et Lunebergen-sis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurius et Elector" and translates 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 for 1759 totalled a massive £2,333,260, by far the largest output of the reign.

Provenance:
Ex Spink Coin Auction 210, 6th October 2011, lot 415.
Ex Spink Coin Auction, 22nd March 2016, lot 532.

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