Great Britain 1797 guinea
This specimen was lot 34832 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description noted, "George III gold Guinea 1797 MS63 NGC. A select example with exemplary golden color and dazzling luster. Few around in this state of preservation." This type, the commonest of several used during George's long reign, is noted for 1787-99. The reform of 1817 terminated all guinea-denominated issues in favor of the sovereign. At that time the guinea, which heretofore had varied in value, was fixed at 21 shillings.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 609.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.