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Auction: 20005 - The Stratos Sale of Spectacular English Gold Coins
Lot: 96

George I (1714-1727), Guinea, 1723, fifth laureate head right, rev. crowned shields cruciform, emblem-tipped sceptres in angles, edge milled, 8.39g, 6h (Murdoch III, -; King - [cf. 157]; Schneider II, 549/-; MCE 258; Spink 3633), a dig in flan by X of REX, otherwise lustrous, a really good fine / very fine, very rare

The Chalaza Collection

NGC UNC-Details ~ Obverse Damage (Certification #5880292-009)

The 1723 issue is known with both the large 'fourth' portrait and the smaller older 'fifth' head. Neither type featured in the fabled Murdoch collection which is not too surprising considering only nineteen examples have been traced by this cataloguer as offered at major public auction in the past two decades, 13 examples of the fourth head, and only six examples of the fifth portrait.

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