Great Britain 1810 1/3 guinea

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Goldberg sale 87, lot 2497
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This specimen was lot 2497 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $616.87. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Third Guinea, 1810. George III. Second laureate head. Attractive brilliant mint luster. NGC graded MS-63." 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.

Source:

  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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