The half-guinea that we have available in limited quantities was struck from 1804 until 1813 and, on the obverse, shows the king in profile and laureated in the classic fashion. It was a portrait subsequently used on the guinea struck in 1813 to pay Wellington’s troops in Europe during the Napoleonic wars that was dubbed the ‘military’ guinea. The reverse of the coin shows a shield of the Royal Arms within a Garter bearing the famous motto ‘honi soit qui mal y pense’ (evil to him who evil thinks).

Specification

Specification Value
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 4.18 g
Diameter 20.00mm
Quality Circulating
Year 1804-1813
Specification Value
Pure Metal Type Gold
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