1/2 Guilder, Issued by Essequibo & Demerary (Demerara), British Guiana (now Guyana), 1809
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Laureate and draped bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIVS III DEI GRATIA
Within an open wreath of oak, 1/2; above, a crown; around, outside a line circle, COLONIES OF ESSEQUEBO & DEMARARY TOKEN 1809
Diagonal milling ////
The coins of the 1809 issue are poorly struck as this issue preceeded the Royal Mint upgrade by Boulton and Watt to steam power. The alloy is .816 fine silver with the balance of iron and zinc. 64,500 1/2 guilder coins were struck, they were withdrawn and melted in 1839 and the guilder coinage demonetized in 1900.
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 24 May 1984
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 3.79 g (Weight)
KM#5 Pridmore 15
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1965. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 3, West Indies.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.