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1714 -1726 Guineas

George I Gold Guinea Coins

G eorge I Guinea coins are historically significant as they were the last Guinea to ever feature the Cruciform and was the first to see a 1/4 Guinea denomination. George I also featured on a one-year type dubbed the "Prince Elector" which featured a unique effigy of the King on that year's Guinea. The 1715 -1726 Guineas are another type where the the George I's design is shallow which causes a lot of intricate detail to be lost with light circulation wear

George I married his cousin and had two children, he had an additional three children with his mistress. His wife Sophia was daughter of King James I. George I was ratified as prince-elector of Hanover in 1708, George I's first Guinea was struck the same year that his reign began in 1714, his reign ended a year after his last Guinea in 1726. George I inherited the throne from his mother's second cousin Queen Anne

George I was the first monarch to appear on the 1/4 Guinea coin with 1718 being the debut year for this fractional gold denomination. The 1/4 Guinea would not appear again until under George III's reign in 1762

A political party at the time attempted to remove George I and replace him with Queen Anne's half-brother to no avail. George I was not a particularly popular King, being deemed as anti-social and not being fluent in English. Nevertheless, to this day George I Guinea coins remain highly desirable. Despite the age of these coins, several are known to exist in a mint state

Some rarer types in this date range were struck, one being a Guinea with the "Elephant & Castle" privy mark. This signifies that the coin was struck from Gold sourced by the Royal African Company. The George I Guinea privy mark features just an elephant, this being a tribute to the Royal African Company. This coin is extremely rare and will be out of reach for all but the most determined of collectors


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