||George III gold "Spade" Guinea 1787, S-3729, 5th Bust, AU58 NGC. Light even wear is seen on an example that is sharply detailed for this issue. The surfaces are lustrous with pleasing gold toning. This first date of the Spade-style guinea (named for the design of the reverse shield, which resembles a spade, or shovel head) is actually a one-year variety, as the engraving was deeper in the dies and produced images in slightly higher relief than was subsequently seen from 1788-1799. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman / B.G. Johnson.
Realized $1,527.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.