South Africa 1954 1/2 penny

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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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 pennies, modeled on British pennies of the sterling system, featured the Dromedaris, a Dutch sailing ship, on the reverse. This date is the scarcest of a type struck 1953-60. With the collapse of apartheid, collecting South African coins is now respectable again.

Recorded mintage: 101,000 plus 3,150 proofs.

Specification: bronze, plain edge, designed by Mary Gillick and G. E. Kruger-Gray.

Catalog reference: KM 45.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Hern, Brian, John Bothma and Hercie Pieterse, Hern's Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns, Ferndale, South Africa, 2013.

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