Southern Rhodesia 1954 1/2 crown
This specimen was lot 23074 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $616.88. The catalog description noted, "SOUTHERN RHODESIA. 2 Shillings, 1954. NGC MS-61. KM-30. One year type. Population of one with four finer at NGC. Highly attractive sunset tone over considerably lustrous surfaces. A very pretty coin, especially given the copper nickel alloy the piece was struck in." Rhodesia, named after diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes, was created a self-governing colony of Britain in 1923. Coinage commenced in 1932. This half crown (2½ shillings) was issued for Elizabeth II in 1954 only and is among the final issues of the colony which was federated with Northern Rhodesia in 1956.
Recorded mintage: 1,200,000 plus 20 proofs.
Specification: 14.14 g, copper-nickel, 32.3 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 51.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.