South Africa 1934 1/2 penny

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 25705
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25705 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $1,667.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Proof Halfpenny 1934, (24 proofs minted), PR65 BN NGC, stunning chocolate-brown surfaces, a marvelous example of this modern South African rarity." South Africa, after a turbulent history between English and Dutch settlers and the native population, was constituted the Union of South Africa in 1910. Coinage commenced in 1923. The half pennies, modeled on British half pennies of the sterling system, featured the Dromedaris, a Dutch sailing ship, on the reverse. This type, struck 1923-36 in three sub-types, is common. The date is common but proofs are rare. With the collapse of apartheid, collecting South African coins is now respectable again.

Recorded mintage: 324,000 plus 24 proofs.

Specification: bronze, plain edge, designed by Bertram MacKennal and G. E. Kruger-Gray.

Catalog reference: KM 13.3, Hern-S55.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Hern, Brian, John Bothma and Hercie Pieterse, Hern's Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns, Ferndale, South Africa, 2013.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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