One Penny, Issued by Bahamas, 1806.
Minted at Soho Mint, Birmingham.
Bust of George III facing right; around, GEORGIUS III.D:G.REX. 1806; on bust truncation the artist's initial, K.
At centre, ship under sail to right with an island and second ship in the background, above, BAHAMA; in exergue in three lines, EXPULSES PIRATIS / RESTITUTA / COMMERCIA (translation: Commerce restored by the expulsion of pirates)
The Island Assembly ordered 500 pound currency of these pieces in 1803 to act a small change for 'petty dealers and negroes'. Although the size of a British halfpenny, the obverse die used to strike them was a British halfpenny die, they were to circulate in the Bahamas at a penny. The reverse commemorates the victory of Captain Wodes Rogers over pirates in 1717. The issue was rejected on the island. The sterling system was adopted there on 24 December 1838.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Type of item
29 (Outside Diameter), 9.2 g (Weight)
Pridmore 3 p.73.1 Hocking Vol. 1 p. 314, No. 4112 described as a halfpenny KM#1
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