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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

Money (Coin) in British Columbia

Money (Coin) in British Columbia.

  • The sovereign current at 4 dollars 85 cents.
  • The half-sovereign current 2 dollars 42½ cents.
  • The half-crown current 62½ cents.
  • The florin current 37½ cents.
  • The shilling current 25 cents.
  • The sixpence current 12½ cents.
  • The threepenny-piece current 6 cents.
British money is not much used in British Columbia. Business is done, and accounts kept, in dollars and cents, and the coins principally used are United States coins, as follows:—


  • 20 dollar piece
  • 10 dollar piece
  • 5 dollar piece
  • 2½ dollar piece


  • 1 dollar piece
  • ½ dollar piece
  • ¼ dollar piece
  • Dime (called a "bit").
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The United States coins are more uniform in value in British Columbia than British coins, as the United States have a mint in California (which is close to the province).