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Offline bart

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Rhodesian gap-fillers
« on: May 03, 2008, 09:11:32 AM »
Some coins of Southern Rhodesia: a 1932 6 pence in the name of George V and a 1945 3 pence in the name of George VI.
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Re: Rhodesian gap-fillers
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008, 12:28:58 AM »
Cecil Rhodes may have been the epitome of what was wrong with colonialism. A ruthless slave owner, believer in racial discrimination, blind nationalist (from his will: "I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race.") with ideas that were at best awkward (he wanted the US to rejoin the British empire and admired the German emperor).

None of this can be seen on the coins of the countries named after him. They are part of the nice, orderly facade that gave rise to white supremacist governments in South Africa and Zimbabwe (formerly South Rhodesia). The government of Ian Smith was dubbed "colonial" when it was seeking independence from Britain, which may be an important clue to colonialism: it's a state of mind.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.