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    Stunning Proof 5 Guineas of George II

    George II gold Proof 5 Guineas 1731 PR64+ Cameo NGC, KM571.1, S-3663A, W&R-68 (R4), Schneider-558. QVARTO edge. By John Croker, reverse by John Tanner. A simply stunning Proof 5 Guineas of George II, for which few superlatives seem adequate in light of the piece's exemplary preservation. Produced during a period of British ascendancy on the world stage, at the time of George's kingship and Sir Robert Walpole's tenure as Prime Minister (the longest in British history, lasting from April of 1721 to February of 1742), this miraculous survivor stands in a league of its own, well beyond the few other Proofs of the same issue that have come to market in the last several years.

    The offering is an unmistakable Proof, its raised rims and mirrored finish confirming this special designation. Closer study presents a flash at every turn, revealing a lack of noteworthy marks or contact, with only fine die polish lines and resounding reflectivity in the fields. The end result is a superb and luminescent canvas to display the struck features--an exemplary and lightly frosted portrait of the middle-aged Monarch atop the obverse, and a reverse that presents equally sharp legends and an utterly crisp and decisively rendered Hanoverian shield--all of which are without even a trivial instance of striking weakness. In summary, an elite jewel of a coin, which by all appearances is destined for a peak collection of high-grade British gold.

    From the Paramount Collection




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    March, 2021
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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