History/Background Information: Widely believed to be the first coinage struck for circulation in South Africa (in the Cape Colony), the fractional Guilder occupy an important part of South African numismatic history. Minted in Holland at the request of the Cape Governor Jacob Abraham de Mist to eleviate a shortage of small coinage at the Cape and fondly known as the Scheepsgulden (Ship's Gulden) owing to its beautiful obverse design. CL Engelbrecht states in his "Money in South Africa" that the fractions i.e 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16th issues of 1802 were struck for circulation at the Cape Colony. For further reading and the sake of brevity, kindly refer to the aforementioned publication pages 25-27.
Certification: NGC MS61 (Choice Unc)
Condition Notes: A quality example of this rare piece exhibiting almost uniform steel grey toning with details fully distinguishable. The obverse design most beautiful with the famous East Indiaman in full sail. Rare in MS.
Reference: Standard Catalog of World Coins (Krause) - KM#80