South Africa 1953 penny

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Heritage sale 3038, part of lot 36654
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This specimen was part of lot 36654 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), which sold for $540.50. The catalog description[1] 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 farthing (KM 44) and half penny (KM 45). It is common.

Recorded mintage: 5,491,000 plus 5,000 proofs.

Specification: bronze, 30.8 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Mary Gillick and G. E. Kruger-Gray.

Catalog reference: KM 46.


  • 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.
  • [1]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.

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