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    British Colonies - George IV.  Specimen Pattern 1/100 Dollar 1823 PR65 Brown NGC, KMPn4, PF-3, Br-862.  Attractive, even brown toning.  Rare, one of about 12 sets of 1/50 and 1/100 dollar pairs known.

    In the early 1820s the British government began the production of coins representing fractions of the Spanish-American dollar.  Silver fractional coins of 1/16 to 1/2 dollar were struck in 1820-22 for Mauritius and the West Indies.  In 1823 dies were engraved by William Wyon for copper 1/100 and 1/50 dollar coins for Sierra Leone and other British colonies using the Spanish-American dollar and its fractions.  A small number of specimens and a larger quantity of business strikes were produced.  However, the business strikes were never issued and went into the melting pot in 1825 because the people of Sierra Leone showed little interest in them and British policy had moved in favor of encouraging the use of British Imperial coin in the colonies.  The 1823 British Colonies patterns were included in Mr. Robins' collection because early catalogers, especially Breton, included them in their Canadian titles.
    From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens


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