Gold coin: Denomination: 5 Guineas
Tower Mint, London
King James II (1685-1688)
The guinea remained current at 20 shillings during the reign of James II. Its weight had been reduced to 129 39/89 grains in 1670 (from the original 131 29/41 grains when first produced in 1662) to preserve the silver to gold ratio.
Laureate bust of James II facing left; around, IACOBVS . II . DEI . GRATIA (second bust)
Four crowned shields, bearing the arms of England Scotland France and Ireland, arranged to form a cross; in the angles four septres surmounted by and orb, thistle, harp and lis; around, MAG . BR . FRA . ET . HIB . REX 1687, the date being divided by the crown above the English shield.
Raised lettering, DECVS ET TVTAMEN ANNO REGNI TERTIO
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929
Type of item
41.732 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3397A Pages