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The gold guinea was, for almost 150 years, the standard gold coin of the British currency.

Originally, it was valued at £1 (twenty shillings). It became known as the Guinea because it was first minted from gold brought to England from the Guinea Coast of Africa. Hence, it was called the Guinea-Pound.

From the 1717, its value rose to twenty-one shillings due to an increase in the value of gold in each coin.

The Guinea was minted between 1663 and 1799 (although a military commemorative issue was made in 1813). From 1817 onwards the Sovereign took its place as the premier British gold coin.

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George III One Third Gold Guinea
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George III One Third Gold Guinea

Everyone has heard of the famous gold spade guinea but did you realise that third guineas existed. Probably not because they are unusual coins and not often
George III Gold Half Guinea in Fine Condition

We have just three half guinea's remaining from a fantastic collection we brought. Scarce coins and we are not offered them every day!

George III Gold spade Guinea 1787-99

Originally, it was valued at £1 (twenty shillings). It became known as the Guinea because it was first minted from gold brought to England from the Guinea Coast of Africa. Hence, it was called the Guinea-Pound.

George III Gold Shield Guinea
George III Gold Shield Guinea

Not so well known are these first type guineas which were minted between 1763-1786, with an ornate shield on the reverse.