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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2017, 06:51:06 PM »


Half penny.



From 1931 onwards, the denomination was given simply as "D".

Note that the legend " PENNY" also occurs on some halfpennies of 1931.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #16 on: July 15, 2017, 06:52:49 PM »


Penny.



The penny of 1923 and 1924 showed the denomination as "1 PENNY 1".

From 1928 to 1930, the denomination changed to simply "PENNY".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2017, 06:53:45 PM »


Penny.



From 1931 onwards, the denomination was given simply as "1D".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #18 on: July 15, 2017, 07:05:37 PM »
From 1925, the reverse of the South African threepence carried a new design of a protea, the national plant, surrounded by three faggots. From 1925 to 1930, the denomination was shown as "3 PENCE".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #19 on: July 15, 2017, 07:10:02 PM »
From 1931 to 1960, the last year of its issue, the denomination on the three pence was shown as "3D".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2017, 10:25:12 PM »
From 1925, the reverse of the South African six pence carried a new design of a protea, the national plant, surrounded by six faggots. From 1925 to 1930, the denomination was shown as "6 PENCE".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2017, 10:27:07 PM »
From 1931 to 1960, the last year of its issue, the denomination on the six pence was shown as "6D".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2017, 10:27:30 PM »
South Africa's first shilling, of 1923 and 1924, had a inner ring on the reverse design, and the denomination was shown as "1 SHILLING 1".

From 1926 onwards, the ring was lost and the denomination changed to simply "SHILLING".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #23 on: July 15, 2017, 10:28:07 PM »
From 1923 to 1930, the florin showed the word "FLORIN" in the legend.

From 1931 to 1950, the denomination was shown as "2 SHILLINGS".

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #24 on: July 15, 2017, 10:29:36 PM »
From 1923 to 1925 the denomination on the half crown read: "2 SHILLINGS 2", then from 1926 to 1950 it read simply "2 SHILLINGS".

Note: the images here are not to scale.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2017, 10:30:12 PM »
Edward VIII became King of the United Kingdom, and of the Dominions of the British Empire, and also Emperor of India on 20 January 1936. He made it known that he would be happy for the Dominions to use his uncrowned effigy on their coins. Edward abdicated on 11 December 1936, because the British Establishment would not accept his desire to marry Wallis Simpson, who was divorced. Though trials and patterns exist that show his effigy, no official coins were ever issued anywhere in the UK or the British Empire that show his portrait.

When George VI became king, the Royal Mint told him of Edward's policy change and asked whether he would allow it to stand, since the Dominions would be disappointed if he did not. King George happily obliged. Below you see the portrait and legend that were used on the obverse of the South African coinage from 1937 to 1947.

Southern Rhodesia was also given the opportunity to use the uncrowned effigy but declined, so that it would be easier to distinguish its coins from those of South Africa. Although Southern Rhodesia was a protectorate and not a Dominion, the UK had long been treated it as a Dominion, since it was expected that it would one day become one, because of its relatively large population of white settlers.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2017, 10:30:53 PM »
In 1947 South Africa issued a five shillings coin to commemorate the visit of King George VI. The coin was of course equivalent to a British crown and was of the same size and weight. The reverse showed a springbok, South Africa's national animal. This beautiful design was the work of Coert Laurens Steynberg. The coin was then in fact minted for several years after 1947, with its final issue occurring in 1960.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2017, 10:31:18 PM »




India became independent in 1947. King George VI was therefore no longer Emperor of India, and in 1948 the legend on the obverse of all his coins was amended to reflect this fact. You can see above how the new legend appeared on the coinage of South Africa. The portrait remained the same. I am sure you know that initials under the portrait are those of Humphrey Paget.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2017, 10:44:22 PM »




From 1951 onward, the words "SHILLING" and "SHILLINGS" were removed from all the relevant denominations.

This reflected the removal of the words "PENNY" and "PENCE" in 1931.

Why did it take 20 years to finish the job?

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2017, 10:48:23 PM »
Here you see the change to the 2 shillings coin.