AN ORNAMENT AND A SAFEGUARD
The Guinea is regarded as one of history’s most respected gold coins. First issued in 1663 during the reign of King Charles II, it was named after the Guinea Coast region where much of the gold used to strike the coin originated. Worth one pound or twenty shillings, it was the first British coin to be struck by machine and became renowned for its accuracy and reliability. Historically referred to as ‘An Ornament and a Safeguard’, the Guinea played a vital role in international trade, travelling the world on East India Company ships, establishing its reputation for trust, quality, and reliability until it was replaced by the Sovereign in the Great Recoinage of 1816.
Today The East India Company continues to honour its connection to the Guinea with exceptional editions which remain among our most admired displays of craftsmanship and artistry.