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Specimen Coin - 4 Pence, British Guiana, 1921 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12972

4 Pence, Issued by British Guiana (now Guyana), 1921
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.

By Royal Proclamation of 10 May 1917 the coins were only for British Guiana (Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1917 p. 12).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.874 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: 1921 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; below, 1921
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Colony of British Guiana, British Guiana (Guyana), 1921
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1921
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
References: KM#29
Pridmore 45
  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

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