4 Pence (groat), Issued by British Guiana & West Indies, 1916
Minted by Royal, London
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
Within an open oak wreath in two lines, FOUR / PENCE; above, Imperial crown; around, BRITISH GUIANA AND WEST INDIES; below, 1916
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.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
17 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.87 g (Weight)
KM#28 Pridmore 42
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