Detailed information about Coin: Penny 1807 (proof only) from Bahamas, British Crown Colony
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.
There was a contemporary proof restrike dated 1807 (probably struck after 1807).
|Country||Bahamas, British Crown Colony||Currency||Bahamian Pound|
|Face value||1 (x Penny)||Type||Penny|
|Year||1807||Current||No (demonetised 1966)|
|Material||Copper||Designer||Conrad Heinrich Küchler|
|Monarch||King George III||Effigy||Laureate head by Conrad Küchler|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||Thickness (mm)|
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. 1807|
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).
BAHAMA EXPULSIS PIRATIS RESTITUTA COMMERCIA
|Edge||Centre milled||Edge inscription||
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Bahamas KM# 1|
|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||Penny 1807 (proof only)|