South Africa 1953 1/2 penny
The first specimen was part of lot 25779 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), which sold for $199.75. The catalog description noted, "South African assortment: a nice selection of mostly choice 20th-century coins, uncertified and perfect for the collector who likes to make his own grading decisions." The second specimen was part of lot 36654 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $540.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic Eleven-Coin Proof Set 1953, KM-PS26. Mintage 600 sets. Farthing to 1/2 and Pond gold. A beautifully-toned set with all coins choice proof and exhibiting mottled surfaces with iridescent patina. Sold with box of issue." In 1960, South Africa withdrew from the British Commonwealth and in 1961 issued all new coins, dropping the bust of the queen for explorer Jan van Riebeek. This type was issued 1953-60 along with a bronze penny (KM 46) and farthing (KM 44). It is common.
Recorded mintage: 5,572,000 plus 5,000 proofs.
Specification: 5.6 g, bronze.
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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.