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Five Guineas
Five guinea gold coins were only issued between 1664 and 1777, as a double guinea. Their original face value was two pounds (£2) or forty shillings. As the price of gold bullion fluctuated during this period, their exchange value also varied, this being a typical problem with any bimetallic or trimetallic currency system whenever the ratio of the values of the underlying metals varies significantly from their original values. At one stage the guinea was worth as much as 30 shillings, although by the end of its life it was worth 21 shillings, and it had passed into "common knowledge" that the face value of a guinea was 21 shillings, which would of course have valued the two guinea at 42 shillings. This popular belief is incorrect.

Five Guineas for Sale & Wanted

  • Charles II
    1664 - 1684
  • James II
    None Issued
  • William & Mary
    1689 - 1694
  • William III
  • Anne
    1709 - 1714
  • George I
    1717 - 1726
  • George II
    1733 - 1753
    1740 Over 1739 Five Guinea Overdate
  • George III
    1768 - 1777

Technical Specifications
Diameter36 mm.
Weight41.75 grams
Alloy22 carat
Actual gold content1.2305 ounces.

We will shortly be adding a stock listing of two guineas linked to this page.

Coins Wanted - We Buy Five Guineas
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including British gold two guineas and all gold coins, whether listed on this page or not. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Charles II on Obverse of 1677 Gold Five Guineas
Charles II on Obverse of 1677 Gold Five Guineas

Cruciform Shields on Obverse of 1677 Gold Five Guineas
Cruciform Shields on Obverse of 1677 Gold Five Guineas


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