OFS & Cape of Good Hope Patterns

 

ORANGE FREE STATE/ORANJE VRYJSTAAT PATTERNS, 1874

COMMENTS
Obverse : (1) Tree of liberty (orange tree). On either side and below the tree are 'bugle horns'.
Inscription
(A TINY FACE) ORANJE VRIJSTAAT (A TINY LION) [mint marks?]
Reverse : (1) Inscription enclosed within laurel wreath tied with ribbon below.
Inscription
EEN (above) PENNY (centre) 1874 (below) MUNTSPROEVE (below wreath)
 
Date   Description Edge Mintage Proof  
1874 O1 Bronze 1D
Smooth
100 est. Nil This reverse was also used to strike T23. (see Transvaal Patterns)
1874 O2 Bronze 1D
Unknown
50 est. Nil Same dies used to strike O1 & O2. O2 struck on treble thick flan. Obverse 1 and Reverse 1.
1874 O3 Bronze 1D
Smooth
N/A N/A This coin reported to have the same design as that used to strike the 1888 Penny.
1874 O18 Bronze 2D Mule
N/A N/A N/A This bronze coin is thought to be unique and is struck with the Transvaal reverse of T19 & the Free State obverse of O1

ORANGE FREE STATE/ORANJE VRYJSTAAT PATTERNS, 1887

COMMENTS
Obverse : (2) Obverse : Indented top & sides of the shield. Tree of liberty(flat topped) within shield. On either side of tree & below tree are 'bugle horns'. Shield flanked left by palm tree branch and right by laurel branch. Tied at the bottom with a ribbon.
Inscription
GEDULD EN MOED (motto below shield on ribband) ORANJE VRYSTAAT (above) 1887 (below)
Reverse : (2) Laurel wreath encircling inscription tied at the bottom with a ribbon.
Inscription
1 (above) KROON (centre) underlined - LLC- ESSAY below wreath.

(2B) ESSAY below wreath removed.

(2C) LLC & ESSAY below wreath removed.
Reverse : (3)
Overstamped with the British East Africa Co. stamp. B.E.A.C. (dated) 1888.
 
Date   Description Edge Mintage Proof  
1887 O4 Silver 5/- Reeded
3est.
Nil
Obverse 2 & Reverse 2. We believe that only three pieces exist.
1887 O5 Silver 5/- Reeded
10est.
Nil
Obverse 2 & Reverse 3. Overstruck with BEAC stamp and could have been used as currency. We believe that less than 10 pieces exist
1887 O6B Silver 5/- Reeded
1 Known
Nil
The word ESSAY has been removed from the coin!! Reverse 2B.
1887 O6C Silver 5/- Reeded
1 Known
Nil
Baldwins collection. Reeding very fine and the -LLC- ESSAY removed from coin not the die!! Reverse 2C.
1887 O7 Fine Lead 5/-
Reeded
Unknown
Nil

ORANGE FREE STATE/ORANJE VRYJSTAAT PATTERNS, 1888 TYPE1.

COMMENTS


ALL COIN STRUCK
Obverse :
(1)
Obverse : (3) On a plain shield between three 'bugle horns', two in chief and one in base, a circle, in the upper two thirds a tree of liberty (orange tree) between three sheep left, and a lion, right. In the lower third an ox-wagon facing left.Shield flanked left by palm branch and right by laurel branch. Tied at the bottom with a ribbon. Below shield on a ribbon the motto GEDULD EN MOED
Inscription:
* ORANJE VRYJSTAAT * (above) 1888 (below wreath)
Reverse : (4)
Oak branch left & laurel branch right flanking inscription. Tied at the bottom with a ribbon.
Inscription:
1 (above) PENNY (centre) underlined V (below wreath) PROBABLY ALL STRUCK AT THE BERLIN MINT.
 
Date No Description Edge Mintage Proof  
1888 O8
Bronze 1D (2.06mm thick)
Smooth

Nil
Struck on thick blank
1888 O9
Bronze 1D (2.41mm thick)
Smooth

Nil
Struck on thick blank
1888 O10
Bronze 1D (thickness unknown)
Smooth

Nil
Struck on treble thick blank
1888 O11
Nickel Plated 1D
Smooth

Nil
From O8 to O13 all struck from same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 4.
1888 O12
Alum. 1D
Smooth

Nil
From O8 to O13 all struck from same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 4.
1888 O13
Silver 1D (2/6?)
Smooth

Nil
From O8 to O13 all struck from same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 4.

ORANGE FREE STATE/ORANJE VRYJSTAAT PATTERNS, 1888 TYPE 2

COMMENTS
Obverse :
(4)
Indented top and sides of shield. Tree of liberty within shield.
Three "bugle horns", one either side and below the tree.
Shield flanked, left with a palm branch and right with a laurel branch.
Below shield on a ribbon the motto GEDULD EN MOED
Inscription:

* ORANJE VRYJSTAAT * (above) 1888 (below wreath)
 
Date   Description Edge Mintage Proof  
1888 O14
Bronze 1D
Smooth
100est.
Nil
Both O14 & O15 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 4.
1888 O15
Nickel Plated 1D
Smooth
20est.
Nil
Both O14 & O15 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 4.
Reverse : (5)
Laurel Wreath enclosing inscription.
Inscription:
1 (above) PENNY (in centre & larger script than that used in Reverse 4. LLC (in smalls in design underlining the word penny)
1888 O16
Bronze 1D
Smooth
100est.
Nil
Both O16 & O17 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 5.
1888 O17
Nickel Plated 1D
Smooth
20est.
Nil
Both O16 & O17 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 5.
1888 O18
Mule Pattern 2D

1 Reported
Nil

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE PATTERNS 1889

COMMENTS
Obverse : (1)
Young Head of Queen Victoria facing left.
Inscription:
VICTORIA D: G: BRITTANIAR: REG: F: D:
NB! The colons are close to the letters in the legend and the bump in the hairline, caused by the ribbon, is midway between the T & A in the inscription.
Obverse : (2)
Young Head of Queen Victoria facing left.
Inscription
VICTORIA D: G: BRITTANIAR: REG: F: D:
NB! The colons are midway between the letters in the legend and the bump in the hairline, caused by the ribbon, in the hairline is midway between the I & T in the legend.
Reverse : (1)
Cape of Good Hope Arms. On a plain shield a lion rampant between the three annulets, in chief three roundels each charged with a fleur de lis. Crest: the seated female figure of Hope with a lamb and and anchor at her feet. The shield supported by two mythological antelope (supposed to be a black wildebeestleft and a gemsbok right). Below on a ribbon intertwined with laurel sprays, the motto Spes Bona. THE LONG HORN TYPE, where the horns of the right hand antelope protude deep into the legend between the D&H and the head of hope is between the G & O in the inscription.
Reverse : (1)
Cape of Good Hope Arms. Similar to above but the horns and manes of the supporters differ, the distance of the inscription from the pearled border differs as does the figure of Hope.
THE SHORT HORN TYPE, where the horns of the right hand antelope protude into the legend almost touching the H and the head of Hope is directly below the first O of GOOD in the inscription
Inscription: (2)
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE(above) 1889 (below)
 
Date No. Description Edge Mintage Proof Comments
1889 C1 Silver 2/6 Smooth
5est.
Nil
C1 & C2 struck with the same dies. Obverse 2 & Reverse 2.
1889 C2 Bronze 1D Smooth
100est.
Nil
C1 & C2 struck with the same dies. Obverse 2 & Reverse 2.
1889 C3 Nickel Plated 1D
Smooth
20est.
Nil
C3 struck with Obverse 2 & Reverse 1.
Obverse : (3) Oak branch left, & laurel branch right, tied together at bottom with a ribbon enclosing inscription.
Inscription:

1 (above) PENNY (centre) underlined ___ , ___ V (below wreath)
 
Date No. Description Edge Mintage Proof Comments
1889 C4
Bronze 1D
Smooth
100est.
Nil
From C4 to C7 all struck with the same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 1.
1889 C5
Nickel Plated 1D
Smooth
20est.
Nil
From C4 to C7 all struck with the same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 1.
1889 C6
Alum. 1D
Smooth
Unknown
Nil
From C4 to C7 all struck with the same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 1.
1889 C7
Tin 1D
Smooth
Unknown
Nil
From C4 to C7 all struck with the same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 1.
1889 C8
Bronze 1D
Smooth
20est.
Nil
COLONS MIDWAY BETWEEN WORDS. Struck with Obverse 2 & Reverse 2.
1889 C9
Bronze 1D
Smooth
Unknown
Nil
OBVERSE DIES AS GRIQUATOWN Obverse 1 & Reverse 2. Thick Flan.
 

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