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Detailed information about coin type: Penny from Bahamas, British Crown Colony:

Coin type: Penny
Description

One year type, issued in 1806 only (plus a contemporary proof restrike dated 1807).

The Island Assembly ordered 500 pound currency of these pieces in 1803 to act as small change for "petty dealers and negroes".

Although the size of a British halfpenny, and having the obverse die used to strike British halfpenny coins, they were to circulate in the Bahamas as a penny. The reverse commemorates the victory of Captain Wodes Rogers over pirates in 1717.

The issue was rejected on the island.

CountryBahamas, British Crown Colony CurrencyBahamian Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value1 (x Penny)
Year produced1806 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialCopper DesignerConrad Heinrich Küchler
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Bust of King George III facing right; around, GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806; on bust truncation the artist's initial, K.

Obverse inscriptionGEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806
Reverse

At centre, ship under sail to right with an island and second ship (sinking) in the background; around above, BAHAMA; in exergue in three lines, EXPULSIS PIRATIS / RESTITUTA / COMMERCIA (translation from Latin: Commerce restored by the expulsion of pirates).

Reverse inscriptionBAHAMA EXPULSIS PIRATIS RESTITUTA COMMERCIA
EdgeCentre milled Edge inscriptionNone
Penny: Photos

Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
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Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
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List of 2 coins of type: Penny from Bahamas, British Crown Colony
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Penny 1806 120,000 King George III Laureate head by Conrad Küchler GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806
Penny 1807 (proof only) unknown King George III Laureate head by Conrad Küchler GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1807