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    Conditionally Rare, Stunning William & Mary 5 Guineas
    Struck from Gold Taken from the Gambia River

    William & Mary gold "Elephant & Castle" 5 Guineas 1692 MS63 PCGS, Royal mint, Fr-300 S-3423. An outstanding representative of the type with glowing, lemon-tinged surfaces that support fully rendered motifs. Almost immediately the eye is drawn to the conjoined portraits of William and Mary which express crisp definition throughout. Below their busts sits the famous Elephant and Castle hallmark which confirms that the gold used to mint this coin came from the mines operated by the Royal African Company. The reverse illustration is even more involved, displaying a superbly decorated, crowned-shield design, accented by shell wings and elaborately-detailed flair. As is noted by the designation, a few, very minor ticks are observed in the obverse fields, along with subtle haymarking and one rose-colored toning spot on the King's neck. A coin that has been carefully preserved for over three centuries--presently the highest-certified example of the date by PCGS or NGC--and decidedly worthy of even the finest cabinets containing British gold rarities.

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    August, 2016
    11th Thursday
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