Great Britain 1806 1/3 guinea
This specimen was lot 20327 in Ponterio sale 176 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $588. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. George III, 1760-1820. Third-Guinea, 1806. Second style laureate head right with shorter hair. Rv. Crown center, date below; legends entirely around. Third-Guineas were short-lived, leaving only three types to collect. A perfect representative of the type with brilliant surfaces and a sharp strike. NGC MS-62. Pedigree unrecorded, 1982." This type was struck 1804-13, 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 seven shillings.
Recorded mintage: unknown but not rare.
Specification: 2.78 g, .917 fine gold, .082 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: S-3740; Fr-367; KM-650.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.