Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to black settlement of urban areas and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. This ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006.
British Guiana's first gold coins were issued in 1976 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its independence in 1966..
We occasionally have a small selection of Guyana gold coins in stock. We show the specifications here of the most frequently held coins, followed by a list of coins most recently available.
Technical specifications of the most frequently encountered Guyana gold coins.
100 Dollars (1976)||25||5.7400||.500||0.0923
Denomination = Face Value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.
The 1976 $100 gold proof coin shown has the coat of arms of Guyana on its obverse, with the legends:-
OUR PEOPLE - OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE
Bank of Guyana
The coat of arms has the motto on a ribbon:-
ONE PEOPLE - ONE NATION - ONE DESTINY
The reverse shows an Arawak Indian, with the sun rising or setting behind mountains in the background, with the legend:-
ELDORADO 1596 - A NEW GUYANA 1966
Prices & Availability
Please telephone for current prices and availability.
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
Date||Denomination||Description||Grade||Mintage||Availability||Price £||Price $
1976||100 Dollars||Tenth Anniversary of Independence||Proof, About FDC||17,000||Yes||£49||$98
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Guyana gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.