Two Guineas: James II (obverse); Four Shields of Arms (reverse)

Two Guineas: James II (obverse); Four Shields of Arms (reverse)

1687

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designer

John Roettier

(British, 1631-1703)

Gold

Diameter: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Weight: 15.803 g (0.56 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.200

Location

Did you know?

The shields are as follows: England has three lions, Scotland has one lion, France has three fleur-de-lis, and Ireland has a harp.

Description

The coin type of James II was a continuation of that of the reign of his brother, Charles II. A rare piece, this denomination was only issued in 1687 and 1688. The four gold denominations established under the reformed coinage of the previous reign were five guineas, two guineas, guinea, and half guinea.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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