South Africa 1892 3 pence

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25488
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25488 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic Proof Threepence 1892, Hern-Z5 (estimated mintage 30 pieces), Proof 60 NGC. Moderate handling with reflective surfaces and nice definition. An affordable example of this rare Proof issue." South Africa, after a turbulent history between English and Dutch settlers and the native population, was constituted the Union of South Africa in 1910. This coin was an issue of the Afrikaner republic before its conquest by the British. With the collapse of apartheid, collecting South African coins is now respectable again.

Recorded mintage: 24,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 1.41 g, .925 fine silver, .042 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Hern, Brian, John Bothma and Hercie Pieterse, Hern's Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns, Ferndale, South Africa, 2013.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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