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Coin: Penny 1807 (proof only)
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.

There was a contemporary proof restrike dated 1807 (probably struck after 1807).

CountryBahamas, British Crown Colony CurrencyBahamian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny
Year1807 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Soho Mint No mint mark unknown
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. 1807
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 1807 (proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 1
Penny 1807 (proof only): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 History link
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List of all (2) coins of type: Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny
Penny 1806 Penny 1807 (proof only)