South Africa 1952 shilling

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
South Africa 1952 shilling rev DSLR.jpg
Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 33802
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

South Africa, after a turbulent history between English and Dutch settlers and the native population, was constituted the Union of South Africa in 1910. Coinage commenced in 1923. The shilling pieces were originally .800 fine silver (KM 17, issued 1923-36 and KM 28, issued 1937-50), then .500 fine silver (KM 37.2, issued 1951-52 and KM 49, issued 1953-60). Additional ten cent pieces were struck 1961-64 after the white-dominated Republic of South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth. With the collapse of apartheid, collecting South African coins is now respectable again. The second specimen was part of lot 33802 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $960. The catalog description[1] noted, "11-Piece Certified George VI Proof and Prooflike 1952 Set, 1) Farthing PR67 Red, KM32.2. 2) 1/2 Penny PR66 Red, KM 33. 3) Penny PR66 Red, KM 34.2. 4) 3 Pence PR66, KM 35.2. 5) 6 Pence PR67, KM 36.2. 6) Shilling PR66+, KM 37.2. 7) Florin PR67, KM 38.2. 8) 2-1/2 Shillings PR67, KM 39.2. 9) 5 Shillings PL66, KM 41. 10) 1/2 Pound PR67, KM 42. 11) Pound PR64, KM 43. A high-grade attractive 1952 set composed mainly of gems. It should be noted that the 5 Shilling coin is prooflike rather than proof."

Recorded mintage: 1,834,000 plus 1,550 proofs.

Specification: 5.66 g, .500 fine silver, 23.5 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by T. H. Paget and George Kruger-Gray.

Catalog reference: KM 37.2.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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