United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Guinea - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Half Guinea (issued 1801 - 1813)
Coin TypeHalf Guinea

The half guinea gold coin of the Kingdom of England and later of Great Britain was first produced in 1669, some years after the Guinea entered circulation. It was officially eliminated in the Great Recoinage of 1816, although, like the guinea, it was used in quoting prices until decimalisation.

The value of the guinea had fluctuated over the years from twenty to thirty shillings, and back down to twenty one shillings and sixpence by the start of George's reign. A Royal Proclamation of December 1717 fixed the value of the guinea at twenty one shillings. The value of the half guinea was thus fixed at ten shillings and sixpence (10s6d).

Obverse

1801 - 1803: Laureate head of King George III facing right (Portrait by Lewis Pingo, or "Sixth Head"); around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

1804 - 1813: Laureate head of King George III facing right (Seventh Head, or "Military Portrait"); around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA.

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA
Reverse

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; around, BRITANNIANUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR.

Reverse InscriptionHONI SOI QUI MAL Y PENSE [year] BRITANNIANUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Half Guinea: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
From1801
To1813
Face Value10 1/2 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1816)
Material0.9167 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)4.1750
Half Guinea: Photos
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Coin - Half-Guinea, George III, Great Britain, 1813
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Notes: Shield within garter (1801 - 1813).
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Great Britain 1803 1/2 guinea
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Notes: King George III, "Sixth Head" by Lewis Pingo (1801 - 1803).
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Coin - Half-Guinea, George III, Great Britain, 1813
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: King George III, Seventh Head (1804 - 1813).
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