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1677 Charles II Gold Full Guinea

1677 Charles II Guinea Reverse

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A collectable gold full Guinea of King Charles II, dated 1677. The obverse features the fourth 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 1677 Guinea is a representative of very early British milled coinage, machine minting superseding the ancient hammering process in 1663. Additionally, the coin is one of the first Guineas struck, only fourteen years after this denomination was introduced by Charles the Second. Guineas were so named because the gold used in their production was initially sourced from Guinea, West Africa.
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Fourth laureate bust of Charles II, somewhat larger than its predecessor with a rounder chin and a bulbous nose. Engraved by John Roettier. 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 · 1677'.


Diagonally milled.


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


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