Gold coin; Denomination: Guinea
Royal Mint, London
Queen Anne (1702-1714)
In 1707 the Act of the Union was passed joining England and Scotland into a single realm, this coin was struck after that so the arms of England and Scotland are halved within a shield and repeated twice.
The legend on the coin reads as a single title from front to back, it translates as 'Anne by the Grace of God Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland". The current value of a Guinea throughout the reign of Queen Anne was 21 shillings and sixpence. This may be a cast copy used in jewellry or may have been heavily treated for the same purpose.
Draped bust of Anne, left; around, ANNA DEI GRATIA (point of casting or mounting above Queen's head)
Crowned shields - with arms of England and Scotland emblazoned per pale at top and bottom and Ireland and France forming a cross shape with the badge of the Star of the Garter at the centre; between the shields are four sceptres surmounted by an orb, thistle, lis and harp; around, MAG BRI . FR ET . HIB REG 1713, the date being divided by the crown above the English arms.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Dr William Howat, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
25.5 mm (Outside Diameter), 7.948 g (Weight)
cast copy or heavily acid dipped to remove gold from surface and with a mount removed
[Book] Skingley, Philip. 2007. Coins of England and the United Kingdom., Spink 3574 Pages