Essequibo & Demerary 1813 1/2 stiver

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from the Acanthite collection
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The Essequibo and Demerary were originally two of three Dutch colonies along the coast of present-day Guyana. They were seized by the British to avoid having them fall into French hands after the French invasion of the Netherlands. They remained in British control through the 1830's, at which point the Netherlands and Great Britain formally divided the region between them, the British taking over the western portion. The eastern portion became Dutch Guiana, and eventually, Surinam. This mixed colonial origin shows in the coinage: Though the portrait of the British monarch is honored on the obverse, the denominations are clearly Dutch.

This coin is a half stiver, dated 1813.

Recorded mintage: 215,000.

Specifications: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 9.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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