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Coin: Penny 1806
Description

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
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny
Year1806 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage120,000 (120000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Soho Mint 120,000 (120000) No mint mark
MaterialCopper DesignerConrad Heinrich Küchler
MonarchKing George III EffigyLaureate head by Conrad 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 inscription GEORGIUS 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 inscription

BAHAMA EXPULSIS PIRATIS RESTITUTA COMMERCIA

EdgeCentre milled Edge inscription

None

Penny 1806: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Centre milled edge proof unknown
Plain edge proof (contemporary restrike) unknown
Gilt proof unknown
Penny 1806: Photos
Penny 1806: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
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Penny 1806: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
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Penny 1806: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 1, KM# 1a (Gilt)
Penny 1806: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 History link
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Penny 1806: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
List of all (2) coins of type: Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny
Penny 1806 Penny 1807 (proof only)