Essequibo & Demerary 1832 3 guilder

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Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

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. 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 silver three guilder, dated 1832. It was lot 12564 and sold on June 2, 2005 at the 2005 (HWCA) Long Beach Signature Auction #378 for $546. The catalog description reads: "Essequibo & Demerary. William IIII 3 Guilders 1832, bold VF, lightly cleaned at one time and two tiny edge nicks. An attractive example of this very scarce Latin crown."

Recorded mintage: 7156.

Specifications: 23.32 g, 0.816 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 21.

Sources:

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

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