Southern Rhodesia 1954 2 shillings
This specimen was lot 31684 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,500. The catalog description noted, "British Colony. Elizabeth II 2 Shillings 1954 MS65 NGC. A seldom seen one year type coin, this piece is incredibly difficult to encounter in grades of mint state, especially this gem. The top of the pop from either service, with only two even being graded at one level below this example. Highly lustrous and brilliant." Rhodesia, named after diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes, was created a self-governing colony of Britain in 1923. Coinage commenced in 1932. The florin was introduced in 1932 and struck intermittently until 1954. It was converted to copper-nickel in 1947. This type is known for 1954 only and is scarce.
Recorded mintage: 300,000 + 20 proofs.
Specification: 11.31 g, copper-nickel, 28.52 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 30.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.