HISTORICALLY ACCURATE & AUTHENTICALLY CRAFTED STRUCK TO THE HIGHEST PROOF QUALITY
- Coin First – E.I.C Provenance Mark By Special Permission Of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
- Coin First – Angular Rope Milled Edge
- Coin First – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Edge Lettered Five Guinea
- Each Guinea Is Minted To The Exact Specification As Its Predecessor
- Sectional Frosting/Polishing
- Strictly Limited Issue
THE COMPLETE GUINEA COIN COLLECTION
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of the Guinea era. This bicentenary issue of five gold proof coins is a celebration of this iconic coin paying homage to the historical designs found on the last circulating Guineas and interpreted using 21st century polishing and frosting techniques.
While in exile King Charles II had observed coinage produced by machine – the mill and screw press, which gave regularity in size and shape. When he was restored to the throne in 1660 and under his instruction a new gold coinage was struck in this method to build a more confident coinage and stable economy. And so, the minting of the first Guinea began.
Following the first Guinea in 1663, the Double Guinea was produced from 1664, the Five Guinea from 1668 and the half Guinea from 1669 onwards. In 1718, King George I introduced the diminutive Quarter Guinea, struck only a second time in 1762 by King George III. The final addition to the Guinea family was the Third Guinea, a seven shilling gold coin struck between 1797 & 1813.
2016 Bicentenary Guinea Collection
THE EAST INDIA COMPANY & THE GOLD TRADE
At the height of The East India Company’s trade, the Guinea remained the official currency, underpinning much of its growth and influence in the colonies. Just as the Sovereign was to reign at home, so the Guinea dominated the Golden Age of the Colonies.
THE COMPANY GOLD COIN COLLECTION