British West Indies Sixteenth Anchor Dollar 1822

George IV (1820-1830) silver sixteenth anchor dollar dated 1822. Obverse: Anchor beneath crown with XVI either side of the anchor stock with legend: “COLONIAR: BRITAN: MONET:”. Reverse: The Royal coat of arms in garniture with legend: “GEORGIUS IV D: G: BRITANNIARUM REX F: D:” Milled edge. This money was struck for use in Mauritius and later shipped to the West Indies. It was designed as divisible parts of the Spanish dollar which was in use there at the time. The coinage was of Spanish dollar fineness (.892 silver). The coins were made in fractional values which refer to equivalent portions of the Spanish dollar, i.e., half Anchor dollar was equivalent to four reales, quarter dollar to two reales, eighth dollar to one real and this coin, sixteenth dollar to a half real. Interesting coin in reasonable collectable condition, see photograph.

K&M British West Indies No: 1. Diameter 16mm. F-. £30.00

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