The First Book and Price Guide to the Guinea

Roderick A Farey, A Guide to the Guinea 1663 to 1813. Token Publishing Ltd., Exeter 2020. 164 p., color illustrations. Hardcover, 17.6 x 25.6 cm. ISBN: 978-19-08828-54-5 £29.95.
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“A Guide to the Guinea 1663-1813” covers the history of the Guinea from its beginnings in the reign of the newly restored monarch Charles II to its demise as a circulating coin and replacement by the modern sovereign in the time of George III and will tell you all you need to know about the “golden guinea” and all its varieties. A separate eight-page Price Guide to the Guinea is also included with the book.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, the book looks at all the varieties, proofs and patterns issued across the decades and pays particular attention to the details on the obverses – making it very useful for general collectors too. A rarity index is featured for each monarch’s coins to help guide buying and cataloguing, and the various varieties of both obverse and reverse are beautifully captured in full color. The appendices include facsimiles of the various Royal Warrants and letters pertaining to the striking of the Guinea and the various Mintmarks employed and the table noting the amount of gold used for coining guineas from 1660 to 1748 makes particularly interesting reading!

Designed as a companion volume to “The Gold Sovereign”, “A Guide to the Guinea 1663-1813” is published by Token Publishing. It is the very first time that a book and price guide dedicated to just the Guinea has been made available.


The book is available on the website of Token Publishing Ltd.

In this article you get more background information on Great Britain’s 5 Guineas.