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The British West Indies dollar ("BWI$") was adopted in 1935. The currency was originally used regionally by the various British West Indies territories and later, by the unitary West Indies Federation. It was one of the many experimental political and economic ventures tested by the British government to form a uniform system within their British West Indies territories. The official ISO-4217-Code: of the currency was XBWD. However, it was often written as "BWI$" for short and verbally called the "Beewee" (slang for 'British West Indies') dollar. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The British West Indies are those islands in the Caribbean that are or were British colonies. ... National motto: Official language English Political status Overseas territory of the UK Capital Chaguaramas Largest cities Kingston and Port of Spain Queen Elizabeth II Governor-General Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn Prime Minister Grantley Herbert Adams (West Indies Federal Labour Party) Creation January 3, 1958 (union of most of British... The British West Indies are those islands in the Caribbean that are or were British colonies. ... ISO 4217 is the international standard describing three letter codes (also known as the currency code) to define the names of currencies established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ...


The BWI$ was introduced at the rate of $4.80 per Pound sterling or $1 = 4 shillings 2 pence. Until 1955, it existed only as banknotes and without subdivisions. British coins circulated alongside the BWI$. Coins were introduced in 1955, in denominations of ½, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents. Each cent was worth one halfpenny in sterling. The dollar (represented by the dollar sign: $) is the name of the official currency in several countries, dependencies and other regions. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation rate 2. ... The shilling was a British coin first issued in 1548 for Henry VIII, although arguably the testoon issued about 1487 for Henry VII was the first shilling. ... A variety of coins considered to be lower-value, including an Irish 2p piece and many US pennies. ...


In 1964 Trinidad and Tobago withdrew from the currency union and eventually the "BWI$" dollar lost its regional support and was replaced in 1965 by the East Caribbean dollar (with British Guiana withdrawing from that currency union in 1966). 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... The East Caribbean dollar (currency code XCD) is the currency of eight members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. ... British Guiana and its boundary lines, 1896 Flag of British Guiana British Guiana was the name of the British colony on the northern coast of South America, now the independent nation of Guyana. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


The monetary policy of the currency was overseen by the British Caribbean Currency Board (BCCB).



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