Gold coin; Denomination: 1 guinea
Royal Mint, London
George I (1714-1727); third bust type
The title Fidei Defensor abbreviated to F.D. (Defender of the Faith) occurs for the first time on the British coinage under George I. The abbreviated titles on the reverse expand to: Brunsvicensis et Lunenburgensis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurarius et Elector. These titles remain on the British coinage untilthe new coinage of 1816 under George III.
The current value of the guinea was set at 21 shillings and 6 pence in 1698 but was dropped to 21 shillings in 1717, the year after this coin was struck. It remained at 21 shillings until the last issue of the denomination.
Laureate head of George I facing right; around, GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D (translation: George by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith)
Four crowned shields, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Dutchy of Brunswick and Luneburg, arranged in the form of a cross, in the centre, the Star of the Garter; in the angles four sceptres tipped with a crowned orb, a thistle, a lis and a harp; around, BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL 1716 (translation: Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire)
diagonal milling, ///
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929.
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.33 g (Weight)
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3627 Pages