1738 AV Two Guineas MS62

Struck during the reign of George II (George Augustus; 30 October / 9 November 1683 – 25 October 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire from 11 June 1727 (O.S.) until his death.

George was the last British monarch born outside Great Britain: he was born and brought up in northern Germany. His grandmother, Sophia of Hanover, became second in line to the British throne after about fifty Catholics higher in line were excluded by the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Acts of Union 1707, which restricted the succession to Protestants. After the deaths of Sophia and Anne, Queen of Great Britain, in 1714, his father George I, Elector of Hanover, inherited the British throne. In the first years of his father's reign as king, George was associated with opposition politicians, until they rejoined the governing party in 1720.

On the obverse is a young laureate head of George II facing left. The reverse shows the inscription  F · D · B · ET · L · D · S · R · I · A · T · ET · E · - M · B · F · ET · H · REX · around the edges, with a crowned 4-fold arms in the center. KM 576; SCBC-3667B; Friedberg 366b. Incredible detail on this superbly struck coin with original luster still present. Very rare in this condition.


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