Unique 1928 South Africa 6P
by NGC Coin
certified by NGC is this recently discovered
South Africa 6 Pence dated 1928. It is the only
known example bearing this date.
The coin was first spotted in an English country
auction where it was cataloged with an unusual
notation: the coin's date was not listed in the
standard series reference. It was purchased by a
dealer who had a strong suspicion about the its
origin. Although he had no doubt about the
coin's authenticity, he sent it first to South
Africa, where a number of experts examined the
coin, all declaring it genuine. The coin itself,
as a unique discovery piece, created a sensation
among collectors of South African coins, who
marveled that this discovery took over 80 years
to occur. From South Africa, the coin was sent
the coin to the United States to be certified
and encapsulated by NGC.
The dies for South African coins of this era
were manufactured in England and then sent to
South Africa for use in coinage production.
Mysteriously, six pence dies of this year were
not shipped and no pieces dated 1928 were struck
in South Africa. Other denominations of coins
were produced in that year, however, and it is
not certain why the six pence was omitted.
Numismatist believe that the coin was produced
in England as a specimen piece. It has shallow
mirrored fields, a crisp strike, as well as
squared rims, similar to all South African
presentation coinage of this era. It is also
struck on a .925 fine silver planchet, while
coins struck for circulation in South Africa are
only .800 fine. It has a deep amber patina and
is remarkably well preserved, evidence that it
resided in the possession of a collector since
it was struck.