SOUTH AFRICA, Orange Free State.
|Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 1970. Estimate $300.
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006.
Sold For $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
1854-1900. Lot of two Æ Pennies. Struck for L. C. Lauer by Otto Nolte of Munich. Dated 1888. Trial strikes. ORANJE VRYJSTAAT 1888, waisted coat-of-arms with floral sprays, GEDULD EN MOED on scroll below / 1 PENNY in wreath; small V below. Bruce Pn5. Unc, magenta toning // Piefort Penny. Similar types, but with different coat-of-arms on squared shield. Bruce P3. Unc, red color with a lot of lustre. Two (2) coins in lot. ($300)
In 1887 the private firm of L.C. Lauer made a bid for a coinage contract for the Boer Orange Free State, founded after the Great Trek of 1836. They authorized Nolte to strike an extremely rare pattern silver Kroon for presentation purposes to the government, but their bid was not accepted. The 1888 "pattern" Pennies, known in several different varieties and metals, were struck for collectors' interest, and are avidly sought as the only available representative coinage for this state. There are also a pattern 1877 Penny and 2 Pence about which little is known.