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 No. 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 No. Description Edge Mintage Proof
1887 O4 Silver 5/- Reeded 3 est. Nil Obverse 2 & Reverse 2. We believe that only three pieces exist.
1887 O5 Silver 5/- Reeded 10 est. 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) (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)
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)
Date No. Description Edge Mintage Proof
1888 O14 Bronze 1D Smooth 100 est. Nil Both O14 & O15 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 4.
1888 O15 Nickel Plated 1D Smooth 20 est. Nil Both O14 & O15 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 4.
1888 O16 Bronze 1D Smooth 100 est. Nil Both O16 & O17 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 5.
1888 O17 Nickel Plated 1D Smooth 20 est. Nil Both O16 & O17 were struck using the same dies. Obverse 4 & Reverse 5.
1888 O18 Mule Pattern 2D Smooth 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: CAPE OF GOOD HOPE(above) 1889 (below)
Date No. Description Edge Mintage Proof
1889 C1 Silver 2/6 Smooth 5 est. Nil C1 & C2 struck with the same dies. Obverse 2 & Reverse 2.
1889 C2 Bronze 1D Smooth 100 est. Nil C1 & C2 struck with the same dies. Obverse 2 & Reverse 2.
1889 C3 Nickel Plated 1D Smooth 20 est. Nil C3 struck with Obverse 2 & Reverse 1.
1889 C4 Bronze 1D Smooth 100 est. Nil From C4 to C7 all struck with the same dies. Obverse 3 & Reverse 1.
1889 C5 Nickel Plated 1D Smooth 20 est. 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 20 est. 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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