Token ~ Jeton: Great Britain George III (Spade Guinea Jeton)  1700 to 1820
Token ~ Jeton: Great Britain George III (Spade Guinea Jeton) 1700 to 1820

George III was King of England from 1760 to 1820 (he was King during the American Revolution), so the 1700 date on Darrell's piece is a stretch. This is not a coin, but a token, or jeton. It does not appear in the coin catalogs, but one can find these online if you are persistent. Here is what Sven Andersson says (translated from Swedish) on Unga Fakta:

'It is a game of money, a copy in brass of George III (King of England) gold coins. It was used as a chip in various card games and board games. It produced quite a few of them and spread to various countries.'

So Darrell's piece is not an actual gold guinea from Britain, but a gaming token with similar appearance. You can see from our secondary picture of a *real* gold guinea that the cryptic, single-letter inscriptions are different. See this page if you have a genuine coin.

CoinQuest thanks for use of their image of the token.

Now, with identification tidied up, we can move to value. Ugh. The coin catalogs indicate nice, fat values for a genuine gold George III guinea (and half guinea, which looks the same). These values start around $100 US dollars and rise toward $1000 for fully uncirculated coins.

But the Spade Guinea token is another story. Go on to eBay and do a search on 'George token.' You will see a myriad of tokens, many called Spade Guineas, with many variations on the same theme, including different metals, sizes, and designs. Dates start as early as 1700 and continue all the way to today!

Selling price varies with age, condition, and eye appeal, but hovers around $5 to $25 US dollars retail price. A dealer would pay less than one-half retail to buy this token from you.

Coin: 5243 , Genre: Tokens
Requested by: Darrell Davis, Tue, 17-Aug-2010 15:41:19 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 07-Dec-2013 14:59:50 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 08-Feb-2017 14:44:59 GMT
Requester description: 1700 f.d.b.i.r.m georgivs 111 dei gratia
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