James II, 1685-1688, Gold 5 Guineas, 1687
KM-460.1, S-3397A, 41.24 grams, 37mm. Second laureate bust left, IACOBVS.II.DEI.GRATIA, toothed border on both sides, reverse: crowned cruciform shields, seven strings to Irish harp, scepters in angles, date 1687 at top, .MAG.BR.FRA ET.HIB REX. All James II 5 Guineas are rare in high grades. They were the largest gold coins of the era and produced in relatively small quantities - nevertheless they circulated widely during James's short three year reign and beyond. Most available specimens are worn, damaged or mounted. This higher grade specimen is indeed special. Pleasing surfaces with a few tiny scattered abrasions. Deep olive-gold color overall.
Francis Rice was Master of the Mint, London, under James II, in conjunction with John Trinder, Thomas Goddard, William Talbot, William Brumfield, and Edward Fox who were officiating in Great Britain and Ireland at various mints.