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Specimen Coin - 4 Pence, British Guiana & West Indies, 1908 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12966

4 Pence (groat), Issued by British Guiana and West Indies, 1908
Minted by Royal Mint, 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 Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Weight: 1.888 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, The Royal Mint, George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903), George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: British Guiana (Guyana)
Tertiary Classification: specimen strikes
DateEra: 1908 AD
Denomination: 4 Pence
Obverse Description: Crowned and draped bust of the King facing right; around, EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR; the artist's initials, DES, below bust
Reverse Description: Within an open oak wreath in two lines, FOUR / PENCE; above, Imperial crown; around, BRITISH GUIANA AND WEST INDIES; below, 1908
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Colony of British Guiana, British Guiana (Guyana), 1908
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1908
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London
References: KM#27
Pridmore 37
  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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