The Largest Denomination Gold Coin Struck From East India Company Gold (PT9)


2015-06-26 11:45:33


The Largest Denomination Gold Coin Struck From East India Company Gold (PT9)

The Gold Five Guineas is the largest denomination British Coin ever produced in the pre-decimal era.

As a denomination, it was issued from 1668 through 49 different dates until the final pattern piece of 1777.

George II (1727-1760), gold Five Guineas, 1729George II (1727-1760), gold Five Guineas, 1729

The coin above was struck in 22 carat gold sourced by the East India Company in the year up to 1729.

The Company formed in the year 1600 was by now very successful in trading with the Far East and was sourcing much of its gold on the trade routes leading from the gold mines of Japan.

The bold initials E I C clearly state the provenance of who supplied the gold for this, the first issue of the gold Five Guinea of the reign of George II.

George II (1727-1760), gold Five Guineas, dated 1729, young laureate head left, E.I.C. initials for East India Company below, Latin legend, georgivs ii dei gratia reverse, crowned quartered shield of arms incorporating the Arms of Hanover, date either side of crown.

Abbreviated Latin legend m. b. f. et h. rex f.d.b. et l.d.s.r.i. at e. t. e., legend translates as George II, by the Grace of God, 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.

Edge inscribed in Latin in raised letters, decvs et tvtamen anno regni tertio the letter N's in anno inverted in error, translates as "An Ornament and a Safeguard in the Third Year of His Reign" diameter approximately 38mm, weight 41.80gms, some light adjustment marks across bust, otherwise a well struck extremely fine.


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