1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 231Two-pences (dubbeltjes) and single pence (or stivers) are scarce, as also are ducats, and the gold coin called riders (goude reijers).
1861P.B. BorcherdsAuto-Biog. Mem. 21With the schoolmistress I was also on the best of terms. The little silver dubbeltje (a Dutch coin), which was my Sunday allowance, was always spent in the cakes which she so nicely baked.
1925H.J. Mandelbrotetr. ofO.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H.II. 65When barred at the gate by a group of men with drawn swords, they gave each a duppeltje, i.e., 2 stuivers! The men had to hide their chagrin and let them pass.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 78The only current coin, are English pennypieces, which here pass for the value of two pence, and are called dubbeltjes.
1833S. KayTrav. & Researches 283At last he had scarcely dublejees (pence) sufficient to carry him back to the colony.
1850T. SmithS. Afr. Delineated 161One individual..sent a note..enclosing what he called his dubbeltje (penny), which proved, when the note was opened, to be a sovereign.
1926P.W. LaidlerTavern of Ocean 143The only coin in use was the English penny, and, as it passed for twopence, it was known as a ‘dubbeltje’. To-day its name is an ‘ou lap’, a worthless old rag.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 102The heavy ‘cartwheel’ penny pieces bearing the head of George III soon became known as ‘dubbeltjes’, as they were worth twopence.
1963Hewson & Van der RietJrnl of ‘Harry Hastings’ 25The British penny piece was at that time in circulation at the Cape and was called a ‘dubbeltje’ being worth two stivers (stuivers), or a twenty-fourth part of a rixdollar.
1968E.A. WalkerHist. of Sn Afr. 128Macartney tried to check the vagaries of the exchanges by importing silver Spanish dollars (4s.8d.) and copper dubbeltjes, pence which passed for twopence.
1972Daily Dispatch 5 Apr. 12With the first British occupation of the Cape in 1795 two coins were introduced to help relieve the shortage of small money. One was the ‘Dubbeltjie’ — the British twopenny piece, also known as the ‘Cartwheel’. It got its name because it was declared current at two stuivers.
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