United Kingdom: Coin Guinea 1813 - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Guinea 1813
CoinGuinea 1813

In 1813 it was necessary to strike 80,000 guineas to pay the Duke of Wellington's army in the Pyrenees, as the local people would accept only gold in payment. This issue has become known as the "Military Guinea". At this time, gold was still scarce and the guinea was trading on the open market for 27 shillings in paper money, so the coining of this issue for the army's special needs was a poor deal for the government, and this was the last issue of guineas to be minted.

The reverse of the military guinea is a unique design, showing a crowned shield within a Garter, with HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE on the Garter, and BRITANNIARUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR ("King of the British, Defender of the Faith") around the edge, and "1813" between the edge inscription and the garter.

The design was by Mr Nathaniel Marchant from the Royal Mint, London. Engraver: Thomas Wyon Junior.

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
United Kingdom / Guinea 1813 - obverse photo

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

Obverse Inscription GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA
Reverse
United Kingdom / Guinea 1813 - reverse photo

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.

Reverse Inscription HONI SOI QUI MAL Y PENSE 1813 BRITANNIANUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Guinea 1813: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Guinea 1813: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
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Guinea 1813: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
PeriodPound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1801 - 1971)
Coin TypeGuinea
Issued1813
MonarchKing George III
EffigySeventh Head (Military Portrait)
Face Value21 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1816)
Mintageunknown
Material0.9167 Gold
DesignerNathaniel Marchant
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)8.3500
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Great Britain 1813 guinea
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Coin - 1 Guinea, George III, Great Britain, 1813
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Coin - 1 Guinea, George III, Great Britain, 1813
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