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 Mar 1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929
Type of item
36.5 mm (Outside Diameter), 41.732 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3397A Pages