Have you ever found an early milled guinea as nice as the one pictured here? If so then do let me have good quality images to show to viewers of this website. The illustrations are of a guinea of Queen Anne, whose dates are 1702 to 1714. It was found by Roger Paul and when I said he was lucky he reminded me that he has been detecting for 40 years! The coin is dated 1714 so the reverse is the type used after the Union with Scotland, which took place in 1707.
The most tragic part of Anne’s life is that she had seventeen children and every one of them passed away before she died in 1714. To lose one child would be bad but to lose seventeen does not bear thinking about.
Lots of the early milled gold coins I see as detecting finds have defects, which include bends, dents, scratches, piercings and letters engraved on one or both sides. On the obverse of Paul’s find there are faint scratches in front of Anne’s face and on the reverse an edge nick by the B of HIB. These could be said to be minor defects, which is true, but they would have an impact on its value as a collectors’ piece. With the defects, albeit slight, a likely pre-sale auction estimate would be in the region of £1,000 – £1,200.
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