Five Guineas: George I (obverse); Shields and Star of the Order of the Garter (reverse)

Five Guineas: George I (obverse); Shields and Star of the Order of the Garter (reverse)

1716

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Gold

Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Weight: 41.791 g (1.47 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.206

Location

Did you know?

In the center of the shields is the symbol of the Order of the Garter, an order of chivalry founded by Edward III of England in 1348.

Description

The Act of the Union of 1706 by Queen Anne added the arms of Scotland to those of England. The shields now read as England & Scotland, France, Ireland, and Hanover. Around the shields the many titles of the king are abbreviated to sometimes only one letter:

BRVN ET·L·DVX S·I·R·A·TH ET·EL
Duke of Brunswick and Lueneburg, Arch Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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