Great Britain 1791 1/2 guinea

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from the Stacks Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 21093
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This specimen was lot 21093 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $1,500. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Guinea, 1791. George III (1760-1820). NGC MS-64. Fifth portrait. Spectacular near-Gem quality for the date with largely undisturbed luster than beams throughout the fields and razor sharp detail throughout the design. VERY RARE this fine, this coin being the single finest graded of the date by NGC or PCGS and the earliest example of the entire type to receive the MS-64 grade." This type, struck 1787-1800, is the commonest English gold coin of the eighteenth century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 4.175 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: S-3735; Fr-362; KM-608.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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