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

Penny 1807 (proof only), Coin from Bahamas, British Crown Colony (demonetised 1966)
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 Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintageunknown
Obverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny 1807 (proof only) - 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 1807.

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

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS III · D : G · REX. 1807
Reverse
Bahamas, British Crown Colony / Penny 1807 (proof only) - 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
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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)
Mintageunknown
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 1807 (proof only): Photos
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Bahamas: George III Penny 1807
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Bahamas: George III Penny 1807
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Penny 1807 (proof only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 1