Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation, Coin from Saint Helena - detailed information

Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation, Coin from Saint Helena
CoinSpade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation

Saint Helena is a small island in the South Atlantic Ocean which is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. The currency of the island is the Saint Helena pound, fixed at parity with the pound sterling. The island has authorised some private mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes. Some of them are non-standard and/or one-off issues in gold, such as this one.

This coin is a modern re-creation of the so-called "spade" guinea coin issued during the reign of King George III of the United Kingdom.

First introduced in 1669, the denomination weighed 4.2 grams, was 20 millimetres in diameter, and had a diagonally milled edge. First seen on one Guinea gold coins in 1787, this unencumbered reverse motif was the work of Lewis Pingo (1743 - 1830) whose design features a simple crowned shield of the Royal Arms. The reference of a “spade” Guinea is attributed to the shape of the crest - it may also reference the nickname of King George III who was colloquially known in his day as “the Farmer King”. The shield is divided in four quarters, each quadrant includes representation for England and Scotland, France, Ireland and the German possessions of the Hanoverian dynasty. The last Spade Guineas were minted in 1799, with the very last gold one Guinea coins being minted in 1813.

The Guinea was Britain’s first machine-struck gold coin, minted with a milled edge and edge lettering to put a stop to "clipping", where criminals would shave the edges off earlier hammered coins to collect fragments of the gold and silver. Interestingly, "Guinea" was originally just the coin’s nickname as much of the gold used to strike it came from Africa’s Guinea Coast, but it became so widely used that it was officially adopted in 1720. Even though it has been out of production since it was replaced by the Sovereign in 1816, the Guinea remains familiar to us today, mainly due to the fact that the sale of livestock and racehorses is still quoted in Guineas. Payment is made to the original one-pound value, with the post-1717 five pence difference taken by the auctioneer as commission.

The 2023 Spade Guinea issue commemorates the coronation of King Charles III, the first such event in 70 years. The King inherited the throne from his mother Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned since 1952 (her coronation ceremony was in 1953) until her death in 2022, after 70 years on the throne.

MintEast India Company (modern) Mint MarkEIC Total Mintage 170
Obverse
Saint Helena / Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the bare (uncrowned) head of King Charles III facing left.

In tiny letters on the neck truncation, the artist's initials: GD (for Glyn Davies).

Around, the monarch's legend: CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·. Translated from Latin, the legend means: Charles the Third, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Saint Helena.

Obverse Inscription CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
Reverse
Saint Helena / Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation - reverse photo

At its centre, the reverse of the coin shows the Shield of the Royal Coat of Arms of King George I, current from 1714 and into the reign of king George III. It reflects the union of the crowns of England and Scotland - represented by the three lions of England and the lion of Scotland in the top left quarter, the King's claim to the throne of France - represented by the fleur-de-lis (three lilies) top right, his capacity of King of Ireland represented by the harp of Ireland in the bottom left quarter, and the merger of the House of Hanover (of which George III was Elector as Georg III. Wilhelm Friedrich) with the British crown, represented by the Coat of Arms of the House of Hanover in the bottom right corner (featuring the white horse of Hanover as the primary element among three other elements marking the monarch's lands in Brunswick and Luneburg, with the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire).

The shield is crowned with St Edward's Crown, and has a narrowing shape which resembles the head of a spade, giving the coin its nickname, the Spade Guinea.

In the lower left field, the EIC mint mark of the East India Company; the letters are separated by arrows radiating from the centre around which they are situated. In the lower right field, the royal cypher C III R (abbreviated from the Latin "Charles III Rex" - Charles the Third, King), crowned with the Tudor Crown.

Around above, the inscription DECUS · ET · TUTAMEN; it means "An ornament and a safeguard", a quote from Virgil's Aeneid, and has historically been used on the edge of milled British coins to protect them from the practice of "clipping".

Around below, · 2023 CORONATION ·.

Reverse Inscription DECUS · ET · TUTAMEN · 2023 CORONATION ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Proof FDC.
Packaging: in mint sets only.

The coin is in 22 carat gold just like the original guineas. Also, just like on the originals, the face value and denomination are not actually written on the coin; traditionally, a guinea was worth 21 shillings which, at a time when one pound was 20 shillings, meant that a half guinea had a face value of £0.525 (130 pence, as a pound was equal to 240 pence). In an earlier half spade guinea coin issued by The East India Company in 2020, the value was rounded to 50 pence.

Included in Set
The 2023 King Charles III Guinea Gold Proof 5 Coin Set, mintage 50
5 coins: Five Guineas, Two Guineas, One Guinea, Half Guinea, Quarter Guinea
The 2023 King Charles III Guinea Gold Proof 3 Coin Set, mintage 120
3 coins: One Guinea, Half Guinea, Quarter Guinea
See also

Saint Helena coins with historic Guinea designs include:
- 42 g Gold Proof, Spade Five Guineas 2023
- 16.8 g Gold Proof, Spade Two Guineas 2023
- 8.4 g Gold Proof, Military Guinea 2020
- 8.4 g Gold Proof, Spade Guinea 2023
- 8.4 g Gold Proof, Standing Lion Guinea 2023
- 8 g Gold Proof, Standing Lion Guinea 2013
- 7.98 g Sovereign, Gold Proof, Spade Guinea 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2018
- 4.2 g Gold Proof, Spade Half Guinea 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2022
- 4.2 g Gold Proof, Spade Half Guinea 2023
- 2.1 g Gold Proof, Rose Crown Quarter Guinea 2020
- 2.1 g Gold Proof, Spade Half Guinea 2023
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2018
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2020
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2021
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Standing Lion Guinea 2021
- 1.25 oz Silver Bullion, Rose Crown Guinea 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2018
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2019
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Military Guinea 2022
- 1/10 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2020
- 1/10 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2021
- 1/10 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2022
- 1/10 oz Silver Bullion, Spade Guinea 2023

Coins issued to mark the Coronation of King Charles III (ordered by metal / size / country):
- 1 kg Gold, Coronation of King Charles III (crowned portrait), Malta 2023
- 1 kg Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 5 oz Gold, Coronation of King Charles III (crowned portrait), Malta 2023
- 5 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 2 oz Gold, Coronation of King Charles III (crowned portrait), Malta 2023
- 2 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (portrait in uniform), New Zealand 2023
- 2 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- Gold Five Guineas (42 g), King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Five Sovereigns (39.94 g), Coronation (Royal Coat of Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Five Sovereigns (39.94 g), Coronation (St George and Dragon), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Coronation of King Charles III (crowned portrait), Malta 2023
- 1 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (St Edward's Crown), New Zealand 2023
- 1 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (St Edward's Crown), Niue 2023
- 1 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (King with regalia), Niue 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, Coronation Britannia (Standing Britannia), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1 oz Gold Bullion, King Charles Coronation (Royal Cypher), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- Gold Two Guineas (16.8 g), King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Double Sovereign (15.98 g), Coronation (Royal Coat of Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Double Sovereign (15.98 g), Coronation (St George and Dragon), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- Gold Guinea (8.4 g), King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Gold Sovereign (7.98 g), Coronation (Royal Coat of Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Gold Sovereign (7.98 g), Coronation (Saint George and Dragon), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (St Edward's Crown), New Zealand 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion, King Charles Coronation (Royal Cypher), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1/4 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- Gold Half Guinea (4.2 g), King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Half Sovereign (3.99 g), Coronation (Royal Coat of Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Half Sovereign (3.99 g), Coronation (Saint George and Dragon), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1/10 oz Gold Bullion, King Charles Coronation (Royal Cypher), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- Gold Quarter Guinea (2.1 g), King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Quarter Sovereign (2 g), Coronation (Royal Coat of Arms), Saint Helena 2023
- Quarter Sovereign (2 g), Coronation (Saint George and Dragon), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1/40 oz Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, King Charles III Coronation (portraits of King and Queen Consort), Congo DR
- 0.5 g Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Cypher), New Zealand 2023
- 0.5 g Gold, King Charles III Coronation (Coronation Emblem), Samoa 2023
- 1 kg Silver gilded shaped, King Charles III Coronation (St Edward's Crown), Samoa 2023
- 1 kg Silver, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 5 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (coloured portrait in uniform), New Zealand 2023
- 5 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 2 oz Silver, Coronation of King Charles III (crowned portrait), Malta 2023
- 2 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- 1 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (portraits of King and Queen Consort), Cameroon
- 1 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (coloured portrait in suit), New Zealand 2023
- 1 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (St Edward's Crown), Niue 2023
- 1 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (King with regalia), Niue 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Coronation Britannia (Standing Britannia), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, King Charles Coronation (Royal Cypher), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 1 oz Silver, King Charles III Coronation (Royal Arms), crowned effigy, United Kingdom 2023
- £5 Copper-Nickel / silver / gold, Coronation (St Edward's Crown), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- 50p Copper-Nickel / gold / silver, Coronation (Royal Cypher), bare head effigy, UK 2023
- 50p Copper-Nickel / silver / gold, Coronation (Royal Cypher), crowned effigy, UK 2023
- Quarter Dollar, King Charles III Coronation (coloured portrait in uniform), Barbados 2023

All (15) coins of type: Gold Other Sizes
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Mohur 2020 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2020 ·
Military Guinea 2020 700 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · £1.05 POUNDS ·
Spade Half Guinea 2020 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 50 PENCE ·
Rose Crown Quarter Guinea 2020 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 20 PENCE ·
Gold Crown 2021 Three Graces 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2021 ·
Gold Crown 2022 Queen Victoria - Gothic 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · D · G · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 5 POUNDS · 2022 ·
One Mohur 2022 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REGINA · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2022 ·
Spade Five Guineas 2023 King Charles III Coronation 50 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
Spade Two Guineas 2023 King Charles III Coronation 50 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
Spade Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation 550 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
One Guinea 2023 The East India Company 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 ·
Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation 170 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
Spade Quarter Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation 170 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · ST. HELENA ·
One Mohur 2023 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2023 ·
One Mohur 2024 100 King Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · F · D · ST. HELENA · 2024 ·
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Spade Half Guinea 2023 King Charles III Coronation: Details
CountrySaint Helena
CurrencySaint Helena Pound
Coin TypeGold Other Sizes
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyKing Charles III - Portrait by Glyn Davies
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage170
CurrentYes
Material0.9167 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.0000 mm
Mass4.2000 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-XQXR-ENZB
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