South Africa 1957 1/2 penny

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Heritage sale 3026, part of lot 25779
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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, part of lot 23056
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This specimen was part of lot 25779 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), which sold for $199.75. The catalog description[1] 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 23056 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $90. The catalog description[2] noted, "SOUTH AFRICA. Nine Piece Proof Set, 1957. ICG MS-60 Details--Cleaned to PROOF-65. KM-PS39; Hern-P31. Farthing to 5 Shillings. Housed in ICG holders, with all grading between PROOF-63 and 65 except the farthing which is MS-60, details. Iridescent toned bronze pieces featuring exuberant teal, blue and deep orange toning, with the Penny in particular exhibiting a riot of colors. The Farthing has been lightly cleaned and is now retoning. A touch of milky toning on the silver issues, with mirrored fields that retain high reflectivity. Inspection advised." 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: 2,065,000 plus 1,130 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.
  • [1]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.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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