Great Britain 1802 1/2 guinea
"GROSSBRITANNIEN George III. 1760-1820 ½ Guinea 1802. Fast vorzüglich. (Great Britain, George III, 1760-1820, half guinea of 1802. Nice extremely fine.)"This type was struck 1801-03, presumably to pay soldiers and sailors during the Napoleonic Wars. Domestically, Great Britain operated on paper Bank of England notes; the gold standard would not be resumed until after Waterloo. The reform of 1817 terminated all guinea-denominated issues in favor of the sovereign. As the guinea was 21 shillings, this coin would have been ten shillings, six pence.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Specification: 4.17 g, .917 fine gold, .123 troy oz AGW, this specimen 4,22 g.
Catalog reference: S. 3736, Fr-363, KM-649.
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