1/2 Guilder, Issued by Essequibo & Demerary (Demerara), British Guiana (now Guyana), 1816
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Laureate and draped bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIUS III D: G: BRITANNIARUM REX

Reverse Description

Within an open wreath of oak, 1/2; above, a crown; around, UNITED COLONY OF DEMERARY & ESSEQUIBO 1816


This coin formed part of an order from the Court of Policy dated 6 June 1815. The order included a change of reverse legend from the 1809 form COLONIES OF ESSEQUEBO & DEMARARY to the new form UNITED COLONY OF DEMERARY & ESSEQUIBO. The coins were struck in1816 and 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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