1251RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Currency
- Sep 12, 2010
RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Currency
Hi Caroline - there certainly was a local currency in St. Helena: I have an example of a halfpenny dated 1821, and I believe these are quite common.
The coin is copper, 28mm in diameter, and the face bears the arms of the East India Company, while the obverse has a wreath of laurel all around the edge, and the words "St HELENA HALFPENNY" in a circular format next inside. The date is in the centre, in a straight line.
You can find an illustration here:
where it is described as a commemorative struck on Napoleon’s death
which is a better illustration.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Caroline Gaden
Sent: Monday, 13 September 2010 10:02 AM
To: St Helena list
Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Currency
I've been researching the monetary system in New South Wales from the
arrival of the First Fleet and now have a better understanding of the
mish-mash of various currencies in use eg Spanish dollars [minted in
Mexico], rupee, mohur, pagoda, ducat, Johanna, promisary notes etc.
In 1825 the British Government decreed that all 'colonies' should use
the £ sterling as their basis but it took quite a while for this to take
effect and the non-Sterling coins to disappear [about ten years in NSW].
My questions relate to the East India Company in particular....the ships
used St Helena as a 're-fueling' point on the way to India and also home
again. Did St Helena have a similar variety of currency in use pre-1825?
Was Sterling is use from the earliest days of the EIC or would a local
currency have been acceptable to local traders?
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