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New Paper Money in British Guyana

22 March 1825
NEHA Special Collections 632

The British Guyanese colonies Demerary and Essequibo, issued paper money for the first time on 22 March 1825. The region was under martial law following the slave revolt of 1823. The uprising involved more than 10,000 slaves and resulted in the deaths of many: estimates range from 100 to 250.

The bank note is the equivalent of two Brazilian golden joes, or 44 Dutch guilders.