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Encyclopedia > Tobagan dollar

The dollar was the currency of Tobago until 1814. The currency comprised various cut Spanish dollars and countermarked French colonial coins. The dollar wassubdivided into 11 bits, each of 9 pence. In 1814, sterling was established as the official currency of the island. Since 1905, dollars have once more circulated on Tobago, first the Trinidad and Tobago dollar, then the British West Indies dollar, before the Trinidad and Tobago dollar was reintroduced. Castara village beach looking south, Tobago Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ... The Spanish dollar or peso (literally, weight) is a silver coin that was minted in the Spanish Empire after a Spanish currency reform in 1497. ... A variety of low value coins, including an Irish 2p piece and many U.S. pennies. ... For details of notes and coins, see British coinage and British banknotes. ... The dollar (ISO 4217 code: TTD; also TT$) is the currency of Trinidad and Tobago. ... The British West Indies dollar (BWI$) was the currency of the various British West Indies territories from 1935 and, later, of the unitary West Indies Federation. ... The dollar (ISO 4217 code: TTD; also TT$) is the currency of Trinidad and Tobago. ...


In 1798, 8 reales coins were holed, with the plug countermarked with a script letter "T" to make 1½ bits coins and the holed dollar issued as 11 bits pieces. Some French colonial coins were countermarked with "TB" to produce 1½ and 2¼ pence pieces.


  • Chester L. Krause & Clifford Mishler (1979). in Colin R. Bruce II: Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1979 ed., Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-020-3. 



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