THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 308.
A Proclamation about the Currency in Trinidad.
Source:-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
i9th June, 1811.
By His Excellency William Munro, Major General, Commanding
the Forces and Administering the Government in the Island of
Trinidad and its Dependencies.
Whereas it hath been represented to me that a great
scarcity of current silver specie prevails in this Colony arising
from the large exportation of dollars made from hence and
that the only effectual mode of diminishing such exportation
and of retaining in the Island, a quantity of such specie
sufficient for the accommodation of its inhabitants, will be to
permit the circulation of a number of Cut Dollars not exceeding
in number in the whole, Tewnty-five Thousand Dollars.
And whereas it will be expedient that for the purpose
of cutting the said Dollars in the manner proposed, a proper
person to be paid by and at the expense of the said Colony,
shall be authorised to cut from the centre of each of the
Twenty-Iive Thousand Dollars, a piece of silver of the value
of one shilling,
And that as an inducement to persons in possession of
Dollars to allow their Dollars to be cut, such Dollars shall
when so cut, continue to pass and be received at the rate or
value of nine shillings each and that the piece to be cut out
of each of the said Dollars, shall pass current for one shilling
and shall be delivered to persons tendering their Dollars
to be cut,
I have though! iht theretfre tl order and proclaim and
1. do hereby with the advice and consent of' His Majesty's
Council, do terradn proclaim that it shall be lawful for
Mr. John O)'ri n who is hereby appointed to cut such Dollars
or any such person as shall at any time or times hereafter be
appointed at my Board of Council holden for that purpose,
to cut (not exceeding nevertheless in number the whole
Twenty-live Thousand Dollars) a piece of silver equal in
value to one shilling current money of the island and that
such piece of silver shall be delivered to the person tendering
the Dollar to be cut and shall pass current for the sum of
And I do hereby further order and proclaim that each
and every such Dollar which shall have been cut in manner
and under the direction liereintofore for that purpose contained,
shall continue to pass current throughout the Colony for the
sum ofnine shillings and that the said Dollar and the said piece
of silver so to be cut therefrom under the direction hereintofore
for that purpose contained, shall and the same are hereby
declared to be legal tender throughout the Government.
Given under my Hand and Seal at Arms,
at the Government House, the i9th day
of June in the Year of Our Lord 1811
and in the Fifty-First Year of His
By His Excellency's Command,
WVM. WHITMORE, S'ecrelPay.