Obverses of the nine coins in an 1892 Proof set from South Africa are seen here. This set, one of 10 known, is in a May 14 and 15 auction in Johannesburg.
People kept enough examples of the wrong design that the coins are relatively available today.
However, only a small number of Proof versions were struck, with the 5-shilling coin and half pond struck only with the double-shaft designs. The set in this auction has a pond coin also bearing the double-shaft design, while the remaining six denominations in the set bear the single-shaft design.
The set in the auction is from the Erich Albrecht Hohmann Collection, and all nine coins are “Brilliant Proof,” according to the firm.
The set has an estimate of 1.6 million rand to 2.5 million rand (about $151,653 to $236,968 in U.S. funds).
The auction will take place at Stephan Welz & Co’s new premises in Mandela Square, Sandton City. More than 1,100 items are in the sale.
For more information about the auction, telephone the firm at (011) 27 11 880 3125 or visit the website.