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1668 Charles II Gold Full Guinea

1668 Charles II Guinea Reverse

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A collectable gold full Guinea of King Charles II, dated 1668. The obverse features the third laureate bust of Charles the Second, facing right, designed by John Roettier. The reverse shows crowned cruciform shields, bearing arms representing England, Scotland, Ireland and France, with sceptres in the angles and interlinked ‘C’s at the centre. This Guinea is among the earliest British milled coinage, machine minting superseding the ancient hammering process in 1663. Additionally, the coin is one of the first Guineas struck, only five years after this denomination was introduced. Guineas were so named because the gold used in their production was initially sourced from Guinea, West Africa.
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Third laureate bust of Charles II by John Roettier: right facing portrait, flowing hair, wearing a laurel crown. Legend reads: 'CAROLVS · II · DEI · GRATIA'. 


Crowned cruciform shields with royal arms, interlinked C's at the centre with sceptres in the angles. Date divided by the crowns which cut into the legend. This reads: 'MAG · BR · FRA · ET · HIB · REX · 1668'.




GF - A good all round coin with the usual minor scratches and dinks for Good Fine condition.


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