2 Guilders, Issued by Essequibo & Demerary (Demerara), British Guiana (now Guyana), 1832
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Head of the King facing right; around, GULIELMUS IIII D: G: BRITANNIAR: REX F:D:

Reverse Description

Within an open wreath of oak, 2; above, a crown; around, UNITED COLONY OF DEMERARY & ESSEQUIBO 1832

Edge Description



In 1825 as part of an Empire wide move to have British coins used, Imperial silver coins were sent to these colonies. These soon dissapeared from circulation as did the Spanish dollar coins. In 1831 Berbice was joined with Demerary and Essequibo to form the Colony of British Guiana although the coinage did not reflect this until 1836. The guilder coins went out of use after the dollar and its cent were adopted in 1839. Many were returned to England and melted in 1839.

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