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.
Laureate bust of Charles II facing right; around, CAROLVS . II . DEI . GRATIA
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 1683, the date being divided by the crown above the English shield.
Diagonal milling, ///
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.38 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3344 Pages