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Numismatics at the Cape of Good Hope


Numismatics has played an important role in the history of Cape Town. The Cape of Good Hope, as it was known then, was founded by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 and has a rich history spanning over three centuries.


Some of the earliest coins used at the Cape were the Dutch coins brought here by the Dutch East India Company. These coins were used as a means of payment for goods and services and also to pay the wages of Company employees. Some of the most common Dutch coins used in Cape Town during this period were the duit, stuiver, and gulden.


In the 18th century, Cape Town came under British control and British coins were introduced into circulation. The British pound, shilling, and penny became the standard currency. These were produced in Britain and exported to the Cape.


In addition, other currencies such as the Spanish Real, Portuguese silver Crusado's, and Venetian Zecchinos also circulated at the Cape of Good Hope.


Today, numismatics continues to be an important part of Cape Town's history and culture. Many coins from Cape Town's history are highly sought after by collectors and can be worth significant amounts of money.


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Pierre
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