Great Britain 1798 1/3 guinea
This specimen was lot 3292 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it sold for $1,552.50. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Third Guinea, 1798. George III. Uncirculated and free from abrasions. The coin has a nice mellow yellow gold finish. Lustrous and attractive. Well struck with lots of eye appeal. NGC graded MS-64." This type was struck 1797-1800, presumably to pay soldiers and sailors during the Napoleonic Wars; it is the first of its denomination. 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: 2.78 g, .917 fine gold, .082 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S.3738; Fr-365; KM 620.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.