Great Britain 1803 1/2 guinea
This specimen was lot 3295 in Goldberg sale 75 (Los Angeles, September 2013), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Half Guinea, 1803. George III. Obverse, 6th laureate head, reverse, crowned shield in garter. The last date with this portrait, and in some ways a mule with the 'military head' reverse design. Well struck and an impressive coin which catalogues at over $1000 in XF in the Spink catalogue." 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.
Catalog reference: S. 3736, Fr-363, KM-649.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Jason Villareal and Steven Harvey, Goldberg Sale 75: the pre-Long Beach Sale, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.