Penny, Coin Type from Bahamas, British Crown Colony - detailed information

Penny, Coin Type from Bahamas, British Crown Colony (issued 1806 - 1806)
Coin TypePenny

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.

Obverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny - obverse photo

Bust of King George III facing right; around, the monarch's legend GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806 (translated from Latin: George the Third, by the Grace of God, King, 1806); on the bust truncation the artist's initial, K (for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).

Obverse InscriptionGEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806
Reverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny - reverse photo

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 (translated from Latin: Commerce restored by the expulsion of pirates).

Reverse InscriptionBAHAMA EXPULSIS PIRATIS RESTITUTA COMMERCIA
EdgeCentre milled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Penny: Details
CountryBahamas, British Crown Colony
CurrencyBahamian Pound
From1806
To1806
Face Value1 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialCopper
DesignerConrad Heinrich Küchler
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size (mm)29
Mass (g)9.2000
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Penny: Photos
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Bahama Penny 1806
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Bahama Penny 1806
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