Gold coin; Denomination: Guinea
Royal Mint, London
King George III (1760-1820)

At that time a guinea was current at 1 pound 1 shilling (21 shillings). This design is known as the "military guinea" as it is said that it was specially struck to be paid to troops when embarking for the war in France. It was the last guinea struck, the denomination being replaced by the sovereign (20 shillings) in 1817.

Obverse Description

Laureate head of George III facing right; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA

Reverse Description

At centre, a shield set within the Garter, crowned; the shield is quartered with the arms of England, Scotland, France and Ireland with inescutcheon the arms of the Electorate of Brunswick and Luneburg surmounted by the Electoral cap; motto on the Garter; HONI SOI QUI MAL Y PENSE; the base of the Garter divides the date 1813; around, BRITANNIANUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR

Edge Description

milled, )))

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