South Africa 1892 6 pence
This specimen was lot 25490 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "Republic Proof Sixpence 1892, Hern-Z11 (estimated mintage 50 pieces), reeded edge, PR63 PCGS, light hairlines and a few tiny contact marks but an appealing coin having deeply mirrored bright fields, a crisp proof strike, and splashes of bright gold iridescence. Very rare." 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: 28,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 2.82 g, .925 fine silver, .084 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM-4.
- 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.
- 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.