This iconic coin features the fifth laureate portrait of King George III on the obverse, with the reverse showiong the crowned spade shaped shield of arms, earning it the title of "spade guinea".
"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.
As of October 2019, upon last inspection of the coin we found it to be highly polished, earning the piece a "poor" grading. We cannot always update the images to reflect our current stock and therefore advise that you contact us if you would like to have more information on our available coins.
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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 spade shaped shield, with date below.
M B F ET H REX F D B ET L D S R I A T ET E
|Diameter||25 to 26 mm.|
|Actual Gold Content||0.2461 ounces.|
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