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Encyclopedia > Saint Vincent dollar

The dollar was the currency of Saint Vincent until 1825. The currency comprised of various counterstamped Spanish and Spanish colonial coins, some of which were cut or holed. The dollar was subdivided into bits, each worth 9 pence, 6 black dogs or 4 stampees. Before 1811, 1 dollar = 11 bits and the dollar equaled 8 Spanish reales. After 1811, 1 dollar = 12 bits and 1½ dollars equaled 8 reales. The dollar was replaced by sterling in 1825. A variety of low value coins, including an Irish 2p piece and many U.S. pennies. ... The real was a unit of currency in Spain for several centuries. ... Sterling may refer to: Sterling (car), a British automobile manufacturer. ...


Since 1935, dollars have once more circulated on Saint Kitts, first the British West Indies dollar, then the East Caribbean dollar. The British West Indies dollar (BWI$) was the currency of the various British West Indies territories from 1935 and, later, of the unitary West Indies Federation. ... The East Caribbean dollar (currency code XCD) is the currency of eight members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. ...


Coins

In 1797, coins were produced for 1 black dog, 1 stampee and ¼ and ½ dollar. The black dog and stampee were made by counterstamping an "SV" monogram on French colonial coins, whilst the ¼ and ½ dollar were made by cutting 8 reales coins (Spanish dollars) into four or two and stamping them with the "SV" monogram. The Spanish dollar or peso (literally, heavy, or pound) is a silver coin which was minted in Spain after a Spanish currency reform in 1497. ...


Between 1811 and 1814, 4½, 6, 9 and 12 bits coins were produced. The 4½ and 9 bits were made from 2 and 4 reales coins. The 4½ bits was counterstamped with "S", "IV½" and "B", whilst the 9 bits was counterstamped with "S" and "IX". To produce the 6 and 12 bits, 8 reales coins were holed. The central plug was stamped with "S" and "VI" to produce the 6 bits, whilst the ring (or holey dollar) was stamped with "S" and "XII" to make the 12 bits. The Holey Dollar of P.E.I. Back in the 1700s, the Spanish government minted a large silver coin which through wide circulation became known as the Spanish dollar. ...


References

  • Chester L. Krause & Clifford Mishler (1991). in Colin R. Bruce II: Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1801-1991, 18th ed., Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-150-1. 

 
 

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