South Africa 1949 5 shillings

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Heritage sale 3021, part of lot 29123
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 29123 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), which sold for $1,175. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI Proof Set 1949, the nine coin set in the original mint case. Always popular as the Shilling is a Proof only date with a mintage of 800." The crown or five shillings was struck in South Africa 1947-60. It was .800 fine silver until 1950 and .500 fine thereafter. The crown is more common than the shilling, florin or half crown for 1949.

Recorded mintage: 535,000 plus 2,000 proofs.

Specification: 28.27 g, .800 fine silver, 38.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 40.1, KM-PS21 (proof set).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Hern, Brian, John Bothma and Hercie Pieterse, Hern's Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns, Ferndale, South Africa, 2013.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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