The East India Company Bullion Ltd, a subsidiary of the East India Company, has unveiled designs for its latest numismatic program entitled the “2016 Bicentenary Guinea Collection,” which pays tribute to the gold guinea and its remarkable 150-year history. On the 200th anniversary of the Great Re-coinage act of 1816, which saw this reliable and popular gold coin replaced by a new sovereign, the East India Company Bullion Ltd. has launched a new program highlighting the guinea coin and its extraordinary contribution to international commerce.
The new collection includes designs for five gold denominations consisting of the five, one, one- half, one-third, and one-quarter guinea coins and two pure silver coins with selective gold plating. The gold coins are minted to their previous specifications for weight, diameter, and gold fineness. Issued under the authority of the Government of St. Helena, each piece denotes a contemporary face-value denomination in pounds and pence.
As part of the issue program, the East India Company Bullion Ltd has released two silver commemorative coins, available as five-ounce and one-ounce versions. The reverse design for both silver coins features a recognizable motif inspired by the Spade Guinea. The coins are struck in fine silver and selectively plated with 24 karat gold to highlight the detail of the shield of the Spade Guinea’s original design.
These silver 5- and 1-ounce guinea bicentenary coins have been struck in Proof quality and include an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The addition of the initials EIC just under the Queen’s effigy was granted by special permission from the Royal Household to commemorate this bicentenary strike.
|50 Pence||.999 Silver||155.5 Grams||65 mm.||Proof||3000 pieces|
|20 Pence||.999 Silver||31.1 Grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||10,000 pieces|
The coins are issued by the authority of the government of St. Helena and will be available from June 22. For more information on these and other coins offered by the East India Company, please visit their Web site. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.