Penny 1806, Coin from Bahamas, British Crown Colony - detailed information

Penny 1806, Coin from Bahamas, British Crown Colony (demonetised 1966)
CoinPenny 1806

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.

MintSoho Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage120,000
Obverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny 1806 - obverse photo

Laureate and draped bust of King George III facing right. Around, the monarch's legend GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX.. Translated from Latin: George the Third, by the Grace of God, King. Below that, the date 1806.

On the neck truncation, a tiny letter K represents the designer's initial (for [Conrad Heinrich] Küchler).

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1806
Reverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny 1806 - 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 (translation from Latin: Commerce restored by the expulsion of pirates).

Reverse Inscription BAHAMA EXPULSIS PIRATIS RESTITUTA COMMERCIA
EdgeCentre milledEdge InscriptionNone
Penny 1806: Known varieties
Variety Centre milled edge proof
Mintage unknown
Variety Plain edge proof (contemporary restrike)
Mintage unknown
Variety Gilt proof
Mintage unknown
Penny 1806: References to Information Used
Penny 1806: Details
CountryBahamas, British Crown Colony
CurrencyBahamian Pound
Coin TypePenny
Issued1806
MonarchKing George III
EffigyLaureate head by Conrad Küchler
Face Value1 (x Penny)
Mintage120,000
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 1806: Photos
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Bahama Penny 1806
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Bahama Penny 1806
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Coin - 1 Penny, Bahamas, 1806
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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)