4 Pence (groat), Issued by British Guiana and West Indies, 1908
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Crowned and draped bust of the King facing right; around, EDWARD VII KING & EMPEROR; the artist's initials, DES, below bust

Reverse Description

Within an open oak wreath in two lines, FOUR / PENCE; above, Imperial crown; around, BRITISH GUIANA AND WEST INDIES; below, 1908

Edge Description



In 1840 the value of the British Guiana guilder was fixed at 1 shilling and 4 pence (16 pence) and as a result the 4 pence piece was equated to the important 1/4 guilder denomination, known in British Guiana as a 'bit'. The 4 pence or groat therefore became the principle coin circulating in the colony although 3 pence, 2 pence and 1 1/2 pence silver coins were also provided. The West Indies obtained their coins through the Colonial Bank in British Guiana which led in time to the striking of the silver 4 pence for British Guiana and the West Indies from 1891 until 1916.

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