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Encyclopedia > Trinidadian dollar

The dollar was the currency of Trinidad until 1814. The currency comprised various cut Spanish dollars and other Spanish colonial coins. Before 1811, the dollar was worth 8 shillings, each of 12 pence. After 1811, it was worth 9 shillings. In 1814, sterling was established as the official currency of the island. Since 1905, dollars have once more circulated on Trinidad, first the Trinidad and Tobago dollar, then the British West Indies dollar, before the Trinidad and Tobago dollar was reintroduced. Look up Trinidad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 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. ... The real was the currency of Spains colonies in the Americas. ... Before decimalisation in 1971, a shilling had a value of 12d (old pence), and was equal to 1/20th of a pound: there were 240 (old) pence to the pound. ... 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. ...


Between 1798 and 1801, shillings were issued which were segments cut from 8 reales coins. In 1804, quarter and half cut real coins were issued as 3 and 6 pence pieces. In 1811, 8 reales coins had holes cut in them. The plugs were issued as 1 shilling coins, with the holed dollars issued as 9 shillings pieces. All coins were countermarked with an incuse "T".


  • 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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