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Obverse of 1788 Guinea
Obverse of 1788 Guinea
Reverse of 1788 Guinea
George III, Fifth Head
The fifth issue of George III guineas is probably the best known. They featured a spade shaped shield as the reverse design.

George III Spade Guineas
"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.

Almost the Last 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.

The 1788 Guinea is a particularly sought-after date for Australian numismatists because that year marked the foundation of the first British settlement in Australia in what later became known as New South Wales.

Obverse
Fifth head of George III, facing right.
GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA

Reverse
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

Stock and Prices
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DateGradeStockPrice £Price $
1788gVF / aVF Yes£395$Ask

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