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« Reply #60 on: December 03, 2011, 08:28:28 PM »
Paul Kruger's South African Republic, known informally as the Transvaal Republic to English speakers, was eventually defeated and its territory was merged into the Union of South Africa. Although its two shillings coin shows the coat of arms, these also appeared on its half crown and crown.
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« Reply #61 on: December 03, 2011, 08:49:31 PM »
The two shillings coin was the highest circulation coin in Cyprus at the time it circulated. It had previously been denominated as 18 piastres.
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« Reply #62 on: December 03, 2011, 08:52:16 PM »


British West Africa was a currency union, not a country, so didn't have a coat of arms, therefore it used a palm tree on its highest denomination, the two shillings coin - the same design that appeared on the shilling. The two shilling coin started off as silver, became tin-brass, then ended up as nickel-brass, like the one you see here.

 
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« Reply #63 on: December 03, 2011, 08:57:32 PM »


Southern Rhodesia features a sable antelope on its two shillings coin.





Rhodesia and Nyasaland depicts an African fish eagle with a fish in its talons.





Rhodesia features the Zimbabwe bird, which previously appeared on the Southern Rhodesian shilling. The coin is doubly denominated as 20 cents and 2 shillings.

All three of the historical states above also issued half crowns as the highest denomination of circulating coin.

   
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« Reply #64 on: December 03, 2011, 09:00:50 PM »
Ireland featured a salmon on its florin. It also used half crowns. Ireland was a member of the Commonwealth until 1949.
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« Reply #65 on: December 03, 2011, 09:04:12 PM »
New Zealand depicted a kiwi, the national bird, on its florin. The coat of arms was reserved for its half crown.
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« Reply #66 on: December 03, 2011, 09:08:15 PM »


Reverse of the briefly circulating florin of East Africa, a currency union.

This superb lion appeared on the reverse of all East Africa's silver and cupro-nickel coins. There was no half crown, and the florin was in any case equal to 100 cents, not 24 pence. It was issued only in 1920 and 1921 and was 30mm in diameter.

 
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« Reply #67 on: December 03, 2011, 09:10:10 PM »


Uganda used to be a part of the East Africa currency union, as can be seen from this design, and it retained the shillings system after independence. This first two shillings coin was 30mm in diameter.

 
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« Reply #68 on: December 03, 2011, 09:14:35 PM »


Gambia, prior to independence, used British West African coinage. It also briefly retained the pounds shillings and pence system after independence. Gambia never issued a half crown.

 
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« Reply #69 on: December 03, 2011, 09:21:51 PM »


A charming depiction of a Bohor reedbuck, a native antelope, appears on the reverse of the Zambian two shillings.



Zambia also used pounds, shillings and pence, before adopting the kwacha in 1971. The portrait of President Kaunda replaced the coat of arms in 1966. Zambia never issued a half crown.
 
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« Reply #70 on: December 03, 2011, 09:24:19 PM »
Malawi also used pounds, shillings and pence, before adopting the kwacha in 1971. Another charming wildlife design appears on the Malawi florin. The coat of arms was reserved for the half crown and crown.
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« Reply #71 on: December 03, 2011, 09:28:56 PM »


After independence Nigeria used pounds, shillings and pence, before adopting the naira in 1973. The reverse design of the two shillings depicts a peanut plant. Nigeria never issued a half crown.
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« Reply #72 on: December 03, 2011, 09:33:14 PM »
Kenya used East African coinage before independence, hence its adoption after independence of the shilling, divided into 100 cents.

The coat of arms appears on the reverse of all Kenyan circulation coins.

Both these coins are 32mm in diameter.
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« Reply #73 on: December 03, 2011, 09:34:31 PM »
Ghana used pounds, shillings and pence, before switching to the cedi in 1967. The star appeared on the reverse of all its circulation coins. There was no half crown. It two shillings was 26.5mm in diameter.
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« Reply #74 on: December 03, 2011, 09:49:32 PM »


To finish, let me show you the most beautiful florin that never was. This is the plaster of the design that was originally intended for Malawi's florin, but eventually the elephant mother and baby, another fine design, graced the reverse of the coin. Click on the links below to find out more.

Malawi: pre-decimal variations

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