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Lot 65

Estimate: 35'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 28'000 GBP Price realized: 130'000 GBP
Highest graded by NGC or PCGS.

Charles II (1660-85), gold Five Guineas, 1675, elephant below first laureate bust right similar style with shorter ribbon ties, legend and toothed border surrounding, CAROLVS. II. DEI. GRATIA, rev. crowned cruciform emblematic shields, eight strings to Irish harp, emblematic sceptres in angles, four interlinked C's at centre, date either side of top crown, legend and toothed border surrounding, .MAG. BR. FRA. ET.HIB. REX., edge inscribed in raised letters, .*.DECVS. ET. TVTAMEN. ANNO. REGNI. VICESIMO. SEPTIMO.*, weight 41.84g (Schneider -; M.C.E. 11; S.3329). Very attractively toned with underlying mint brilliance, a pleasing extremely fine and as good as you would expect to see for a Charles II Five Guineas, superb, in NGC holder graded MS62+

The highest graded by NGC or PCGS.

The elephant mark is the badge of the African Company that supplied gold bullion to make this coinage. The “Samuel King” Survey, “The Rarity of Five Guinea Pieces – An Analysis” co-authored by this cataloguer revealed a total of only six examples of the elephant below bust passing through the British market place in a 45 year period up until 2005, one of the lowest numbers generated for Charles II in this survey. Based on the survey findings the date of 1675 is the fourth rarest for Charles II. The coin offered here being the one from the Samuel King collection and others as defined below.

Ex Glendining, 26th June 1963, lot 4.
Ex Lady Duveen, Glendining, 29th September 1964, lot 87.
Ex R. Strauss, Sotheby, 26th May 1994, lot 171.
Ex Samuel King, Spink Coin Auction 173, 5th May 2005, lot 98.

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