Great Britain 1813 1/2 guinea
This specimen was lot 21094 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. 1/2 Guinea, 1813. George III (1760-1820). NGC MS-64. Sharply detailed with a luxurious satiny appearance throughout much of the fields." 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.
Catalog reference: S-3737; Fr-364; KM-651.
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