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Third guinea of George III

This Georgian gold coin was found in Cambridgeshire by Tony Hollis. It must be exciting to unearth anything made of gold but many of us have yet to experience that excitement.

Tony’s find is a third guinea of George III, which has a head of the first type on the obverse. On the reverse is a crown with the date – 1797 – below it. In the Standard Catalogue third guineas of this type are listed as number 3738.


The obverse of this coin would grade VF+, the reverse VF. However, on the reverse there is damage to the edge above BRI and the first two digits of the date are scuffed. The defects will have a significant impact on its possible commercial value. In its present overall condition this coin would be likely to sell for a figure in the region of £200.

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