Great Britain 1770 guinea

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1489
This specimen was lot 1489 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €2,000 (about US$2,770 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"GRANDE-BRETAGNE, Georges III (1760-1820), AV guinée, 1770. 3e buste. D/ B. nu et l. à d. R/ Ecu échancré et couronné. Rare Belle patine. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of Great Britain, George III, 1760-1820, gold guinea of 1770, third bust. Obverse: bare laureate bust to right; reverse: ornate crowned arms. Rare, nice toning, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This type is listed for 1765-73 and is the first guinea of George III not extremely rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but this is the scarcest date.

Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 8,31 g.

Catalog reference: S-3727; Fr-354; KM-600.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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