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1 Penny Orange Free State

Features

Country South Africa - Pre-Union
Type Pattern
Year 1888
Value 1 Penny (1/240)
Composition Nickel plated
Weight 9.1 g
Diameter 30.48 mm
Thickness 1.93 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
References X# Pn6c, Hern# O17
Unusual World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns
by Brian Hern
(JD Numismatic Corporation)

Obverse

Orange Free State's shield of arms (ornamental type with indented top and sides) with legend above, motto on banner and date below

Lettering:
ORANJE VRYJSTAAT
GEDULD EN MOED
1888

Translation:
Orange Free State
God and Mother

Engraver: Wolfgang Lauer

Reverse

Laurel wreath encircling denomination and mintmark

Lettering:
1
PENNY
-- LLC --

Engraver: Wolfgang Lauer

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Struck by Messrs. Otto Nolte and Co., Berlin, these pieces can most easily be described as salesman samples, tendered to solicit business. It is doubtful whether they were actually struck in the year dated on the coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1888  20 estimated mintage

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