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Coin - 4 Pence, British Guiana & West Indies, 1916 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18952

Summary:
4 Pence (groat), Issued by British Guiana & West Indies, 1916
Minted by Royal, London
Statement Of Significance:
In 1840 the value of the British Guiana guilder was fixed at 1 shilling and 4 pence (16 pence) and as a result the 4 pence piece was equated to the important 1/4 guilder denomination, known in British Guiana as a 'bit'. The 4 pence or groat therefore became the principle coin circulating in the colony although 3 pence, 2 pence and 1 1/2 pence silver coins were also provided. The West Indies obtained their coins through the Colonial Bank in British Guiana which led in time to the striking of the silver 4 pence for British Guiana and the West Indies from 1891 until 1916.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.870 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, The Royal Mint, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: British Guiana (Guyana)
Tertiary Classification: specimen strikes
DateEra: 1916 AD
Denomination: 4 Pence
Obverse Description: Crowned and draped bust of the King facing left; around, GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; the artist's initials, BM, on bust truncation
Reverse Description: Within an open oak wreath in two lines, FOUR / PENCE; above, Imperial crown; around, BRITISH GUIANA AND WEST INDIES; below, 1916
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Colony of British Guiana, British Guiana (Guyana), 1916
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1916
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
References: KM#28
Pridmore 42
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 3, West Indies, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1965
  2. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006
  3. [Book], Mr William Hocking - Royal Mint, London Operative, Catalogue of the Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies and Seals in the Museum of the Royal Mint, London, 1906

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