skip to main content

Great Britain, George II, 1759 Half-Guinea NGC Mint State 63

- A very high-grade example of a difficult series.

- Graded NGC MS63, there are just a handful of examples graded finer.

- Featuring an accomplished bust by the great John Croker.

Condition
NGC Mint State 63. A choice example, with a good strike, minimal wear and considerable lustre. Very rare in this condition.
Obverse
Old laureate head left; GEORGIVS · II · DEI · GRATIA · [George II, by the grace of God].
Reverse
Crowned, garnished shield of arms; date divided above; · M · B · F · ET · H · REX · F · D · B · ET · L · D · S · R · I · R · A · T · ET · E · [King of Great Britain France and Ireland, defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburgm, Arch-Treasurer and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire].
Edge
Milled.
Provenance
ex. SINCONA British Collection, SINCONA 75, lot 233, 16th May 2022.
Our Price:
£4,150.00
Weight
4.12 g
Diameter
approx. 21 mm
Metal
gold
Fineness
22 carat (91.67%)
Fine weight
3.777 g (0.1214 oz t)
Production method
milled
Alignment
coin ↑↓
Designer / engraver
John Croker (1670-1741)
General References
Bull.660; Fr.349; KM.587; MCE.365; S.3685
Collection References
British.II.233 [this coin]; King.-; Schneider.-; Slaney.99; Stratos.40; Waterbird.-
Type
G/6 (Bull); 5/2 (MCE)
Certification number

The half guineas of George II are a series plagued with surface issues, with a large number of examples having been found in water and exhibiting related surface problems. This coin features no such issues and with just a handful of examples graded higher (undoubtedly including resubmissions) this is one of the best examples of the issue available to collectors.

The coin has beautiful surfaces that glint and glimmer with a subtle, swirling lustre - extremely rare on these issues. The strike is good for the issue and Croker’s strong and characterful design exists here proudly. A world-class example of a problematic series.

John Croker (1670-1741)

Johann Croker, who later anglicised his name to John, was born in Dresden, Saxony in 1690. As a child, Croker lost his father, an accomplished cabinet maker, and was then taken under the wing of his goldsmith and jeweller godfather. The budding artist flourished under this apprenticeship and upon its completion made his way to England, via the Netherlands, where he worked as a jeweller and medallist until becoming an assistant to Henry Harris, Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint, in 1697 – not long after a not-yet-knighted Isaac Newton joined the mint as Warden. In 1705, the same year Mr Newton became Sir Isaac, Croker was appointed as Chief Engraver.

Croker, working closely with Newton, engraved nearly all dies of Queen Anne, King George I, and many of George II. Few engravers have left as great an impact on British coinage as John Croker. In 1729, a 24-year-old John Sigmund Tanner (1705-75) was appointed his assistant. With Croker’s death in 1741, Tanner carried on the torch of Chief Engraver.

The British Collection

This coin graced the illustrious British Collection, sold by the Swiss auction house SINCONA in two parts. The collection is one of the most complete and important collections of British coinage ever to exist. Assembled over 50 years of collecting with pieces spanning nearly six centuries and all of astounding quality, the collection sold for $5.8 million and stands as a momentous event in British numismatics, likely not to be bested for years to come.

It is worth noting however that many of the coins in the sale were sold without their provenances, much of which were of the highest prestige. Independent research on our part has been successful in reuniting some of these significant pieces with their history.

Bank transfers and online payments are available for orders up to £2,500. We can only accept bank transfers for amounts over £2,500. Follow the instructions for bank transfers and online payments by following the checkout process.

All shipments are mailed fully insured and items will be dispatched as soon as possible within a week following full settlement of the invoice. Please refer to our Terms and Condition for detailed information for shipping. If you have any enquiries, please email [email protected]

UK

All UK orders are shipped via DHL Express. Insurance cover at 0.1% of order total will be added. Prices are excluding VAT.

Country 
Royal Mail DHL
UK £8.50 £16.00
Channel Islands £10 £17.00
Isle of Man £10 £17.00
Gibraltar £22 £45.00

Europe

Orders to mainland Europe are shipped via Royal Mail up to an order value of £1,000, via DHL on order values over £1,000. Insurance cover at 0.5% of order total will be added. Prices are excluding VAT.

Country

Royal Mail

DHL

 

Country

Royal Mail

DHL

Albania

£15.00

£45.00

 

Liechtenstein

£15.00

£45.00

Andorra

£15.00

£40.00

 

Lithuania

£15.00

£40.00

Austria

£15.00

£35.00

 

Luxembourg

£15.00

£35.00

Belarus

£15.00

£55.00

 

Malta

£15.00

£40.00

Belgium

£15.00

£35.00

 

Moldova

£15.00

£55.00

Bosnia Herz.

£15.00

£45.00

 

Monaco

£15.00

£35.00

Bulgaria

£15.00

£40.00

 

Netherlands

£15.00

£35.00

Croatia

£15.00

£40.00

 

Norway

£15.00

£45.00

Czech Rep.

£15.00

£40.00

 

Poland

£15.00

£40.00

Denmark

£15.00

£40.00

 

Portugal

£15.00

£35.00

Estonia

£15.00

£40.00

 

Romania

£15.00

£40.00

Finland

£15.00

£40.00

 

Russia

£15.00

£55.00

France

£15.00

£35.00

 

San Marino

£15.00

£35.00

Germany

£15.00

£35.00

 

Serbia

£15.00

£45.00

Greece

£15.00

£40.00

 

Slovakia

£15.00

£40.00

Hungary

£15.00

£40.00

 

Slovenia

£15.00

£40.00

Iceland

£15.00

£45.00

 

Spain

£15.00

£35.00

Ireland

£15.00

£35.00

 

Sweden

£15.00

£40.00

Italy

£15.00

£35.00

 

Switzerland

£15.00

£45.00

Latvia

£15.00

£40.00

 

Ukraine

£15.00

£55.00

Rest of the world

Orders to rest of the world are shipped via Royal Mail up to an order value of £2,500, via DHL on order values over £2,500. Insurance cover at 0.5% of order total will be added. Prices are excluding VAT.

Country

Royal Mail

DHL

US

£15.00

£50.00

Canada

£15.00

£50.00

Australia

£15.00

£55.00

Japan

£15.00

£55.00

Singapore

£15.00

£55.00

China

£15.00

£55.00

Rest of World

£20.00

£55.00

What is The Coin Cabinet marketplace?

TCC marketplace allows you to sell your coins at fixed prices. Items listed on the marketplace will also be listed on

  • EBay
  • MA-shops
  • Further marketplaces to be connected in due course.

How can I list items on TCC marketplace?

Selling items on TCC marketplace follows the same process as selling in our auctions— you can start the process by completing the consignment form here, or by contacting us. All items must be sent to our office for processing.

What are the fees for selling on TCC marketplace?

The seller fees are the same as when selling in our auctions: 10% +VAT for raw (ungraded) coins, and 9% +VAT for coins graded by NGC or PCGS. If more than £50,000 worth or coins are consigned within 1 year, we give a 1% discount.

Are there any other fees for transacting on TCC marketplace?

The only fees we add are shipping charges, which are calculated upon checkout. There are no Buyer’s Premiums on purchase, and no other fees.

Can I return items bought from TCC marketplace?

As per The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000, buyers have the right to return items without giving any reason. Please note that this regulation does not apply to auctions.

Can I pay by debit or credit card?

For security purposes, we accept payment up to £2,500 by debit or credit card. Coins priced at £2,500 and above must be settled by bank transfer. On orders over £2,500, you checkout as normal and complete the transaction using the bank details provided in the order confirmation email.

Cta Background

Looking to Consign?

A showcase of British, Commonwealth and world coins, our monthly online auctions have a worldwide reach and a strong social media presence.

SELL YOUR COINS WITH US