Great Britain 1809 1/3 guinea
This specimen was lot 2446 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $646. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Third Guinea, 1809. George III. Second laureate head right. Reverse: Crown. NGC graded MS-63. WINGS." 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.