The 1793 gold guinea coins features the fifth laureate head of King George III as the obverse design with the reverse showing the Spade shaped shield, giving the coin its epithet.
The fifth issue of George III guineas is probably the best known. They featured a spade shaped shield as the reverse design.
The coin is struck from 22 carat gold, spink reference 3729.
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"Spade" or "Spade Ace" guineas are the most famous version of this well known gold coin, even though they were only issued for thirteen years from 1787 to 1799. Please see our Guinea Story page for a potted history of the guinea.
If it had not been for the "military guinea" issued in 1813 to pay for the campaign against Napoleon, the spade guineas of George III would have been the last guinea issue.
The fifth head issue of George III guineas had a spade shaped shield on their reverse instead of the garnished shields used on previous issues. Because these were virtually the last type of guinea to be issued, they are found more abundantly than the earlier versions. Because of the spade shaped shield they have for a long time been known as "spade guineas" or "spade ace" guineas, the latter because they resemble the ace of spades as usually portrayed on playing cards.
During recent years, they have been getting scarcer, particularly in better grades.
Fifth head of George III, facing right.
"GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA"
Crowned shade shaped shield, with date below.
"M B F ET H REX F D B ET L D S R I A T ET E"
This list gives the specification of the coin as it was issued. (Worn coins may weigh less or be of a lower diameter).
|Diameter||25 to 26 mm|
|Actual Gold Content||0.2461 ounces or 7.6545 grams|
|Obverse Grade||Reverse Grade||Price||Availability|
|Fine||Fine||£675.00||Out Of Stock|
|Fair||Fair||£471.16||Out Of Stock|
|aVF||aVF||£650.00||Out Of Stock|
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