South Africa 1950 5 shillings
This specimen was part of lot 29125 in Heritage sale 3022 (New York, January 2013), which sold for $3,290. The catalog description noted, "George VI Proof Set 1950, the nine coin set in the original mint case. Scarce set with a mintage of 500. Some minor spotting." The crown or five shillings was struck in South Africa 1947-60. It was .800 fine silver until 1950 and .500 fine thereafter. This, the final year of the type, is also the lowest mintage but still more common than the florin or the half crown.
Recorded mintage: 83,000 plus 1,200 prooflike plus 500 proofs.
Specification: 28.27 g, .800 fine silver, 38.8 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 40.1, KM-PS22 (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.
- 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.