British Guiana 1936 4 pence

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from the Acanthite collection
from the Acanthite collection

British Guiana, composed of the older colony Essequibo & Demerary and south along the river courses, began a currency system based on the pound sterling in 1936. In 1917, the title changed from 'BRITISH GUIANA and WEST INDIES' to 'BRITISH GUIANA'. The area would achieve independence as Guyana in 1966.

The example shown is a silver four pence from 1936. It was struck from sterling silver at a time when homeland British coins were only .500 fine.

Recorded mintage: 63,000.

Specifications: 1.8851 g, 0.925 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 29.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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