4 Pence, Issued by British Guiana (now Guyana) & West Indies, 1891
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Head of Queen facing left wearing coronet; around, VICTORIA QUEEN
Within an open oak wreath in two lines, FOUR / PENCE; above, Imperial crown; around, BRITISH GUIANA AND WEST INDIES; below, 1891
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), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
17 mm (Outside Diameter), 1.884 g (Weight)
KM#26 Pridmore 32
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