Great Britain 1799 guinea

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from Heritage sale 3049, lot 30934
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This specimen was lot 30934 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $3,642.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III gold Guinea 1799 MS63 NGC, Royal mint. An exceptionally choice coin with booming mint luster. Much scarcer than the 1798 date, which seems to have been hoarded in small numbers." This type, one of several used during George's long reign, is noted for 1787-99. No guineas were issued after this type until a small issue of 1813. 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 but a better date.

Specification: 8.35 g, .917 fine gold, .246 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-356; KM 609, S-3729.


  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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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