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).
|Country||Bahamas, British Crown Colony|
|Monarch||King George III|
|Effigy||Laureate head by Conrad Küchler|
|Face Value||1 (x Penny)|
|Current||No; demonetised 1966|
|Designer||Conrad Heinrich Küchler|
|Orientation||Coin Alignment (Axis 6)|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Bahamas KM# 1|