Coin - Quarter-Guinea, George I, Great Britain, 1718 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 687

Gold coin; Denomination: quarter-guinea
Royal Mint, London
George I (1714-1727); third bust type

The title Fidei Defensor abbreviated to F.D. (Defender of the Faith) occurs for the first time on the British coinage under George I. The abbreviated titles on the reverse expand to: Brunsvicensis et Lunenburgensis Dux, Sacri Romani Imperii Archi-Thesaurarius et Elector. These titles remain on the British coinage untilthe new coinage of 1816 under George III.

The current value of the guinea was set at 21 shillings in 1717 and remained there until the last issue of that Denomination. The quarter-guinea was therefore current for 5 shillings and 3 pence.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.038 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Royal Mint, London, McArthur Bequest, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1718 AD
Denomination: 1/4 Guinea
Obverse Description: Laureate head of George I facing right; around, GEORGIVS D G M BR FR ET HIB REX F D (translation: George I by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith)
Reverse Description: Four crowned shields, England and Scotland impaled, France, Ireland and the Dutchy of Brunswick and Luneburg, arranged in the form of a cross, in the centre, the Star of the Garter; in the angles four sceptres tipped with a crowned orb, a thistle, a lis and a harp; around, BRVN ET L DVX S R I A TH ET EL 1718 (translation: Duke of Brunswick and Luneberg Archi-Thesaurius and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire)
Edge Description: diagonal milling, ///
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: King George I, London, England, Great Britain
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Previous Collection: George McArthur
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Philip Skingley - Spink & Sons Ltd., Coins of England and the United Kingdom, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 2007, Spink 3638 Pages

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