£2 Coin Checker - 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea £2 Coin

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Spade Guinea
Spade Guinea

The guinea was first minted in 1663, being worth £1 and made of gold from the Guinea area of West Africa (hence the name). As the value of gold rose, the value of one guinea varied greatly but after decimalisation had a fixed face value of £1.05. The last guinea was struck in 1814.

In 2013, it was 350 years since the first guinea was minted, and so a £2 coin was created to mark the event. Anthony Smith designed the reverse, showing the arms of King George III which became known was the Spade Guinea due to its resemblance of a garden spade. This is surrounded by an inscription of "Anniversary of the Golden Guinea" and the year on the outer ring. The edge inscription states "WHAT IS A GUINEA? 'TIS A SPLENDID THING", a phrase from writer Stephen Kemble. The 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley is used on the obverse.

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2013 Anniversary of the Guinea
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How much is the Guinea 2 pound coin worth?
Guinea £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £2.62 and £2.86.

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Guinea coin specification and useful information

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer Anthony Smith ARBS
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription WHAT IS A GUINEA? ‘TIS A SPLENDID THING
Year 2013
How many Guinea £2 coins were minted? 2,990,000

Minting errors: Is there a Guinea £2 coin mint error?

Sellers of coins from circulation would like to sell coins for as much over face value as possible, so often refer to rare mint error in the description on marketplaces such as eBay. If you are looking to buy this coin, read this first to ensure you do not pay far more than the coin is worth as a collector item.

No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.

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On the Obverse (heads) side of the coin, there are small raised dots around the edge of the silver coloured section of the coin. On some coins these dots may be offset, so, for example they may appear away from the edge above the Queens head and be very close the the edge or missing from the opposite side (below the Queens neck).

This is common on all two pound coins minted before 2015 and is not considered a minting error.

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The inscription on the edge of the coin WHAT IS A GUINEA? ‘TIS A SPLENDID THING is upside down when the coin is Obverse (heads) side up.

This is common on all two pound coins and is not a minting error as the inscription is not struck a certain way up. Any two pound coin can have the writing on the edge any way up.

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