Great Britain 1810 1/2 guinea
"GREAT BRITAIN | Königreich, George III. 1760-1820. 1/2 Guinea 1810, London. Vorzüglich. Hübsche Patina. (kingdom of Great Britain, George III, 1760-1820, half guinea of 1810, London mint. Extremely fine, Attractively toned.)"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 ten shillings, six pence.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 4.17 g, .917 fine gold, .123 troy oz AGW, this specimen 4.17 g.
Catalog reference: KM 651, Seaby 3737. Fr-364.
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