Guinea coins were minted in the between 1663 and 1813. It was the first English machine-struck gold coin, originally worth one pound sterling, equal to twenty shillings; but rises in the price of gold caused the value of the guinea to increase, at times to as high as thirty shillings; from 1717 till 1816, its value was officially fixed at twenty-one shillings. Following that, Great Britain adopted the gold standard and guinea became a colloquial term.
The name came from the Guinea region in West Africa, where much of the gold used to make the coins originated. Although no longer circulated, the term guinea survives in some circles, notably horse racing, and in the sale of rams, to mean an amount of one pound and one shilling (21 shillings) or one pound and five pence in decimalised currency. The name also forms the basis for the Arabic word for the Egyptian pound, as a sum of 100 qurush (i.e., one pound) was worth approximately 21 shillings at the end of the 19th century.
What are Guinea coins worth?
Guinea coins still capture the imagination of most coin collectors who dream of finding a hoard of these beautiful golden coins. It is a particularly attractive coin and one that few coin collectors will ever actually own (not least due to the ever rising value of gold which is putting many rare gold coins out of the reach of coin collectors).
Please see below for guinea coins current value information.
Guinea coins for sale
1681 UK GREAT BRITAIN 5 GUINEAS POUNDS DOLLARS 8 ESCUDOS REALES GOLD COIN RARE
488740 Coin Great Britain William III 2 Guineas 1701 Fine Work Gold
1684 Charles II Second Laur Head Sexto 5 Five Guinea Gold Coin PCGS VF Details
1674 Charles II 1660 85 gold Five GuineasVery Rare Gold Coin original UK
1813 Great Britain George III Half Guinea Gold Coin PCGS MS64 PL
James II 1688 IACOBVS 2 gold Five Guineas Very Rare Gold Coin original UK
1701 England Gold Guinea Coin S 3463 NGC XF Details Surface Hairlines AKR
1992 Equatorial Guinea 15000 7000 Francos 900 Gold Coins 999 Silver Coins
1698 GUINEA 2nd BUST BRITISH GOLD COIN FROM WILLIAM III GVF+
1685 Great Britain James II First Laur Head Full Guinea Gold Coin
2013 Spade Guinea 350th Anniversary 2 Two Pound Gold Proof Coin PCGS PR69 DCAM
2016 17 GB 2 Coin Gold Guinea Sovereign Bicentennial Proof Set SKU177798
2013 Spade Guinea 350th Anniversary 2 Two Pound Gold Proof Coin Box Coa
1801 Great Britain George III Sixth Laur Head Half Guinea Gold Coin PCGS MS63
Equatorial Guinea 1992 Endangered Wildlife Elephan Lion Gold Silver Coin Set
1810 Great Britain George III Second Laur Head Third Guinea Gold Coin PCGS MS63
RARE 1894 German New GUINEA 5 Mark silver coin NGC AU
Saudi Arabia 917 Gold 1 Guinea Coin in 14K Yellow Gold Etched Ring SIZE 115
1798 George III Gold Spade Guinea Coin
1894 German New Guinea 5 Mark Silver Coin