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About the UK description of the coin, it says it was intended for trade with Africa. What does a citation from 1699 England mean wherein a wager is made betting one guinea (The Hertford Letter: Containing Several Brief Observations on a late printed trial concerning the murder of Mrs Sarah Stout 1699, pp. 26–7)? The guinea surely was not only meant for trade with Africa? Instead, its name derived simply from the African region where the gold for the coins came from. 13:33, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

You're right, according to the Wikipedia article and at least one dictionary I have easy access to. I've changed the etymology accordingly. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:08, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm late to the conversation, but I've added that back in to the etymology. It is clearly supported by multiple historical and lexicographical works, including the OED. The fact that it quickly came into common use in Britain has nothing to do with its etymology. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:43, 12 April 2017 (UTC)