Bahamas, British Crown Colony: Coin Penny 1807 (proof only) - detailed information

Bahamas, British Crown Colony: Coin Penny 1807 (proof only)
CoinPenny 1807 (proof only)

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).

MintSoho Mint
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 InscriptionNone
Penny 1807 (proof only): References to Information Used
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Penny 1807 (proof only): Details
CountryBahamas, British Crown Colony
CurrencyBahamian Pound
Coin TypePenny
Issued1807
MonarchKing George III
EffigyLaureate head by Conrad Küchler
Face Value1 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintageunknown
MaterialCopper
DesignerConrad Heinrich Küchler
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationReversed (Coin Alignment, Axis 6)
Size (mm)29
Mass (g)9.2000
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Penny 1807 (proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 1