• Code 12301

BRITISH GUIANA. 1 Stiver, 1838.

Æ 1 Stiver, 1838.  Diam. 33mm. TRADE & NAVIGATION Commerce seated left on a bale, holding caduceus and palm branch.  R. ·PURE COPPER PREFERABLE PREFERABLE TO PAPER around, in centre, ONE STIVER  Pridmore  60.  Fine*
*US customers please note that this is strict British grading.

Pridmore recorded this as having been issued by a Mr Balgarnie, a Scots dry goods merchant in Water Street, Georgetown. Except for the date, the obverse design is similar to English tokens of 1812-1814 with the reverse value ONE PENNY TOKEN, which has been replaced by ONE STIVER. The reverse inscription was apparently selected as a sarcastic allusion to the local government irredeemable 'Joe' notes which had, by 1838, almost succeeded in driving out of circulation all metallic money.

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