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George II - Gold Guinea, 1739

Obverse - Intermediate laureate head left, GEORGIUS.II. DEI.GRATIA. The Latin legends translate as on obverse "George II by the Grace of God"

Reverse – Second crowned quartered shield of arms, date either side of crown, M.B.F. ET. H. REX. F.D. B. ET. L. D. S. R. I. A. T ET. E. The reverse 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 intermediate head was first introduced in 1739 for the gold Two Guinea and Guinea coins, but not in time for the Half Guinea where the bust first appears in 1740. £283,854 worth of gold was coined in calendar year 1739 and there were two different busts used on the Two Guinea of which the intermediate is the latter in use.


Specification Value
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 8.34 g
Diameter 25.00mm
Reverse Designer John Croker
Obverse Designer John Tanner
Specification Value
Quality Circulating
Year 1739
Pure Metal Type Gold
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