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1689-1694 Guineas

William and Mary Guinea



 

The William and Mary Guinea coin is another example of a rare high-premium British coin that has an unknown mintage. It was struck in 1/2 guinea, Guinea, 2 Guineas and 5 Guineas denominations with each being 91.67% Gold. This Guinea was the first to feature a Crowned quartered shield of arms with a Nassau lion in the center. This design would not appear on the Guinea again until an adaptation was seen on George III Guineas. Interestingly, this series of Guinea coins features two different designs with unique designs for the 5 and 2 Guineas

William and Mary Guinea 1st Bust

1st Bust

This classic and simplistic design was reserved
for the 1/2 Guinea and Guinea coins

William III and Mary guinea coin

2nd Bust

A more complex and visually appealing design
was used for the 2 Guineas and 5 Guineas

Both designs on the William III and Mary II Guinea feature the crowned quartered shield of arms with the Armorial of the House of Nassau in the shield's center. Notwithstanding the rarity of this type, a rarer sub-type exists which bears the elephant and castle hallmark, this shows that the Gold used to make the Guinea was sourced by the Royal African Company. May was the eldest daughter of William III's uncle, making them first cousins. Mary succumbed to smallpox and died aged 32, leaving William III to rule alone. Prices shown on screen assume that the Guineas are not ex-jewellery and have not been subject to the classic pinhole rim repairs

 

William & Mary 5 Guineas

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£3,572.55

£2,778.65

William & Mary 2 Guineas

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£1,987.59

£1,590.07

William & Mary Guinea

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£834.79

£715.53

William & Mary 1/2 Guinea

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£596.28

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