1740/39 Two Guineas Overdate
The coin we show on this page is a double guinea of George II with its date altered from 1739 to 1740.
In the close-up photograph it is easy to see traces of the 39 under the 40 of the date.
Overdating was the process of overstamping the date on a die to the current date. Although most mints continue to use old dies in the new year rather than scrap perfectly serviceable ones, at times mints have altered the old dies to the new date. Sometimes overstamping is done to correct an error, and it can also be found to correct spelling errors in the legends (inscriptions) of some coins. It is a practice which seems to have died out during the last century, but we still find it fascinating, and are always interested in acquiring overdate coins.
Some overdates are not as scarce as the unaltered version of the date, but in most cases, the overdate is the scarcer variation.
Price & Availability
1740 / 1739
|George II, Overdate
|good Fine / Fine
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Close - Up of 40 Over 39 on 1740 Two Guinea
Collector's Coin Index
Obverse of George II Two Guinea
Reverse of 1740 George II Two Guinea