Great Britain 1808 1/3 guinea

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Heritage sale 3035, lot 30814
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This specimen was lot 30814 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $910.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "George III gold 1/3 Guinea 1808 MS63 PCGS. A touch of yellow-gold tone enhances the look of this outstanding Select representative that boasts a strong strike and unimprovable luster. Very scarce this nice and conditionally rare any finer. From The Law Collection." 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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