4 Pence (groat), Issued by British Guiana & West Indies, Great Britain, 1888
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Crowned and veiled bust of the Queen facing left; around, VICTORIA D:G: BRITANNIAR: REGINA F:D:

Reverse Description

Britannia seated facing right holding a trident and resting right hand on a shield; around, FOUR PENCE; in exergue, 1888

Edge Description



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. Although the standard design of the Imperial groat, the 1888 coins were struck only for British Guiana and the West Indies. They featured the Jubilee head of the Queen, not used for circulation coinage on this denomination elsewhere.

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