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JM33274

James II 1687 Guinea, second laureate head

Regular price £6,500
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James II (1685-88),gold Guinea, 1687, second laureate head left, Latin legend and toothed border surrounding both sides, IACOBVS. II. DEI. GRATIA,rev. crowned cruciform shields, emblematic sceptres in angles, date either side of top crown, five strings to Irish harp .MAG. BR. FRA. ET. HIB REX. weight 8.36g (Schneider 457; Farey 290; MCE 128; Bull EGC 329; S.3402). Deep rich tone, the portrait showing some good detail in the hair despite a little wear, perhaps reverse once cleaned with some flecks, otherwise a bold very fine.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "James the Second, by the Grace of God," and abbreviated on the reverse as "King of Great Britain, France and Ireland."

An addendum on the two portrait busts. Roderick Farey states in his book 'A guide to the Guinea 1663 to 1813' the key points which should be taken into account when differentiating the two heads employed on the Guinea within James II's reign. The First head 1685-86 - i) the top of the left-hand laurel leaf does not extend as far as the right hand leaf, ii) the nostril is not as pronounced and iii) the tie ribands show a curve.

The second head 1686-88 - i) the top laurel leaves are the same height and orientated upwards, ii) a more pronounced nostril, iii) a vertical crease down the face, iv) jawline longer and the ends of the tie wig are more squared.

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