Gold coin; Denomination: Guinea
Tower Mint, London
King Charles II (1660-1685)
Milled coinage, Fourth bust

The Guinea was current at 20 shillings or one pound - the name guinea was adopted from the source of the gold of the first issues of the denomination, Guinea in Africa. The coins were produced on the new mill and screw method under the direction of Peter Blondeau.

Obverse Description

Laureate bust of Charles II facing right; around, CAROLVS . II . DEI . GRATIA

Reverse Description

Four crowned shields bearing the arms of England, Scotland, France and Ireland set to form a cross with four interlinked Cs at centre; in angles, sceptres tipped with an orb, thistle, lis and harp; around, MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1676, the date being divided by the crown above the English shield.

Edge Description

Diagonal milling, ///

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