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The word stiver is derived from the Dutch Stuiver. It was a currency denomination in use in Ceylon from 1801 until 1821. It was also a denomination that formed part of the currency system of Demerara-Essequibo (later British Guiana, now Guyana).

A stiver had a value of one sixth of a shilling.[1]

The currency was also mentioned in the famous poem by Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin: "With you, don't think I'll bate [debate concerning] a stiver! And folks who put me in a passion may find me pipe after another fashion."


  1. ^ Lucassen, Jan (2007). Wages and Currency: Global Comparisons from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. Peter Lang. p. 253. ISBN 9783039107827.