1664 Charles II Gold Two Guineas - Elephant Provence Mark
1664 Charles II gold two guinea coin with elephant below bust denoting gold from The Africa Company, first year of issue.
First Year of Issue
Although guineas were first issued in 1663, the first date of two guinea was the following year 1664.
Elephant Below Bust
All four sizes in the guinea family of gold coinage were produced both with and without an elephant below the portrait. We have ignored the smaller fractions as they were never issued until the reign of George III, over a century later. The elephant and castle (howdah) were the badge of The Africa Company, which submitted gold to the mint for coining. The coins produced from west African gold bore an elephant, or an elephant and castle to show the provenance of the metal.
The only date of Charles II first portrait two guinea to use the elephant mark was 1664, making this coin a one-year type coin, and therefore slightly more collectable than most dates.
From 1676 to 1684, an elephant and castle mark appeared on two guineas. there was also a very rare issue of 1684 two guinea with elephant only.
Price & Availability
|First Bust with Elephant Below
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