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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2017, 10:58:01 PM »
A King George VI 2 shillings of 1952 that shows the change to 2s.
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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2017, 11:03:06 PM »
Here you see the change on a 5 shillings coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #32 on: July 15, 2017, 11:07:09 PM »
You will also have noticed that from 1951 onward, some coins show the words SUID-AFRIKA on the left hand side of the reverse and SOUTH AFRICA on the right. Previously the order was the other way around. After I have finished this topic, perhaps somebody could list exactly which coins show SUID-AFRIKA on the left.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #33 on: July 15, 2017, 11:11:24 PM »




A springbok 5 shillings coin was not issued in 1952, and instead a 5 shillings coin commemorating the 300th anniversary of Cape Town was issued.

The reverse design was the work of Marion Walgate. It showed Jan van Riebeck's ship, the Dromedaris.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #34 on: July 15, 2017, 11:18:47 PM »
Gold one pound and half pound coins were issued in 1952. They carried the familiar springbok design on their reverse.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2017, 11:24:52 PM »




Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952. The first South African coins to carry her portrait were issued in 1953. They used the same uncrowned effigy, by Mary Gillick, that was used in the UK. Otherwise, there were no changes to the coinage. Gold half pound and pound coins were also issued in during Elizabeth's period as Queen of South Africa.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2017, 11:26:56 PM »




The usual springbok 5 shillings was not issued in 1960.

South Africa's final 5 shillings coin, before independence and adoption of the Rand, commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Union of South Africa.

The reverse features the South African parliament building, while the obverse replaces Elizabeth II with the coat of arms.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #37 on: July 15, 2017, 11:39:45 PM »
From Wikipedia:

The Afrikaner-dominated right-wing National Party, which had come to power in 1948, was avowedly republican, and regarded the position of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state as a relic of British imperialism. The National Party government subsequently organised a referendum on whether the then Union of South Africa should become a republic. The referendum was held in South Africa on 5 October 1960. The vote, which was restricted to whites, was narrowly approved by 52.29% of the voters. The Republic of South Africa was constituted on 31 May 1961.



At a time when other African countries were becoming independent, the white South African government adhered to its policy of apartheid. It was only dismantled when Nelson Mandela became president in 1994.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #38 on: July 15, 2017, 11:43:29 PM »
Images in this topic were courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Stacks and Bowers, and numista.com.

Questions:

1] Did the 5 shillings coin ever circulate in South Africa?

2] Were the gold half and one pound coins specifically issued to mark the death of George VI?

3] Who can provide a list of which coins showed "SUID-AFRIKA" on the left-hand side of the reverse? It took me longer than expected to finish this topic, and I'm too tired to look it up.  :-\

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #40 on: July 16, 2017, 03:34:51 PM »
Here is a nice image of the 1952 proof set. You can see how all the coins compare, size-wise.

The coin at top left is presumably the 5 shillings coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Union of South Africa
« Reply #41 on: August 18, 2017, 11:27:37 AM »
3] Who can provide a list of which coins showed "SUID-AFRIKA" on the left-hand side of the reverse?

Nobody could answer my questions, so I'll answer #3 myself.

The following coins show the obverse legend of "SUID-AFRIKA" to the left and "SOUTH AFRICA" to the right:

D, 1D, 6d, 2s and 5s.

The following coins show the obverse legend of "SOUTH AFRICA" to the left and "SUID-AFRIKA" to the right:

D, 3D, 1s and 2S.

So, the arrangement is simply alternated through the ascending denominations. This begins in 1952 and continues through the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The alternation is also applied to the gold pound and 1 pound: "SOUTH AFRICA" to the left on the former and "SUID-AFRIKA" to the left on the latter.