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 Posted 08/13/2010  02:05 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add patersc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have just acquired an interesting token coin from the above mentioned colony of Great Britain before it became Guiana. Does any member collect coins from this former British colonial territory? Does anyone have any good sources on it? Thanks.
ESSEQUIBO & DEMERARY (Guyana) (Colonial Coinage) 1813
Copper Stiver Token NGC-8 BN Obv. George III GEORGIUS III

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08/13/2010 02:06 am
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 Posted 08/13/2010  03:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Griffin Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just what is in Krause from me. The 1 Stiver came in Copper and a Proof Copper Gilt. Gilt Proof going for 2,000, regular proof for 1750. Mintage on the business strike was 215,000. Catalog # KM-10. Fine is $6.50, VF $15.

George 3 are cool coins
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 Posted 08/13/2010  06:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jeff 11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A nice piece, I collect early colonial British pieces as over here in the UK they are relitively easy to get hold of. In higher grades the copper pieces can fetch good money - usually a lot higher than the catalogue price, same goes for the silver Guilden from the same period that are fairly rare. There are a few general British colonial coin books around, none on specifically Essequibo as far as I know. The following: A P de Clemont and J Wheeler, Spinks Catalogue of Colonial and Commonwealth Coins (Spink & Son Ltd 1986) appears on a British museum reading list, so may be a good overall guide.
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 Posted 08/13/2010  06:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The country we call Guyana today was originally three Dutch colonies: from west to east, they were Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice, named after the rivers which ran through them. The Dutch unified Essequibo and Demerara into one colony in 1792.

At the beginning of the French Revolutionary wars, the Netherlands was conquered by France. British troops from Barbados took over Essequibo & Demerara, Berbice and Dutch Guiana (now Suriname) to prevent them falling into French hands. They were briefly given back to the Dutch by treaty in 1802, only to be retaken later that year when war resumed. When the war finally concluded in 1814, the Dutch formally ceded both Essequibo & Demerara and Berbice to Britain, in exchange for having Dutch Guiana returned to it.

Britain ran it's two new acquisitions as separate colonies until 1831, when Berbice was joined to Essequibo & Demerara to form the new united colony of British Guiana.

This history is reflected in the coinage: in 1813, the British are firmly in control, with the British king's portrait on the obverse. However, the "stiver" is a Dutch denomination. The monetary system of the colony remained linked to it's Dutch roots until well into the 1900s: the Guianan fourpence was equivalent to the old Dutch quarter-guilder.
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 Posted 08/13/2010  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add big777bill to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
SAP that's a very interesting history lesson. The history behind coins is what I find intriguing. It makes them more than just copper, silver or gold. That is where true value is found.
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 Posted 08/13/2010  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add patersc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the historical information. I will look up the reference and try and find if anyone has published in this area. Regards.
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