Two Guinea Piece: George III (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

Two Guinea Piece: George III (obverse); Shield of Arms (reverse)

1773

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designed by

John Sigismund Tanner

(British, 1705-1775)

Gold

Diameter: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Weight: 18.066 g (0.64 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.210

Location

Did you know?

The year this coin was minted, colonists in Boston raided three British ships throwing several hundred chests of tea into the harbor.

Description

This very rare piece is another example of the fine patterns being produced at this period. With the coming reform of the coinage, the five- and two-guinea pieces do not appear again for general circulation. John Sigismund Tanner came to England in 1728, was appointed chief engraver in 1741 and died in 1775. He was responsible for a large number of pattern coins and for most of the second "old head" type of currency coins issued during the reign of George II.

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

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