Southern Rhodesia 1946 2 shillings
This specimen was lot 10699 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $529. The catalog description noted, "SOUTHERN RHODESIA. 2 Shillings, 1946. RARE in Mint State. NGC MS-61." Rhodesia, named after diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes, was created a self-governing colony of Britain in 1923. Coinage commenced in 1932. The colony was federated with Northern Rhodesia in 1956 but is now Zimbabwe. This billon type was struck 1944 and 1946 only; the 1946 is much the scarcer. Copper-nickel florins were issued 1947-54.
Recorded mintage: 700,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 11.31 g, .500 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-19a.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.