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1966 Rhodesia Gold Proof Three Coin Set

1966 Rhodesia Gold Proof Three Coin Set Boxed
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Sought-after three coin 1966 Bank of Rhodesia set, produced by the South African Mint. These sets contain a Rhodesian Five Pound coin, a One Pound and a Ten Shilling piece. The three coins are minted to the same specifications as a British Five Sovereign, 'full' Sovereign and Half Sovereign respectively, all struck in 22-carat gold with a proof finish. These coins were commissioned not long after the white separatist minority government of Rhodesia had declared independence in November 1965. Following a 15-year guerrilla war, Rhodesia would emerge in 1980 as the Republic of Zimbabwe. These coins feature Arnold Machin's definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II who was, at the time, recognised as Queen of Rhodesia. The reverses feature the coat of arms of the unrecognised state, a lion holding a tusk (adapted from the British South Africa Company logo) and a sable antelope, all designed by South African medallist Thomas Sasseen. The original black leather case has gold detail to the lid which reads 'RESERVE BANK OF RHODESIA SALISBURY 1966'. The three coins are without capsules and sit on a red velvet cushion. It's challenging to find these coins in top condition in their original box which is what makes these complete sets so special.
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Three-coin gold proof set issued in 1966 by the Bank of Rhodesia and produced by the South African Mint.

Coins In 1966 Rhodesia Gold Proof Set

This highly-collectable coin set includes three pieces, modelled on British Sovereigns. 

Each struck in 22-carat gold with a fine proof finish, these pieces mirror the specifications of a Quintuple Sovereign, 'full' Sovereign and a Half Sovereign respectively.

They even feature the then-current definitive coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin, in use on British currency at the time. This was the second definitive portrait of Her Majesty the Queen and can be seen on the obverse of each coin in this three-part set.

The Coinage Of Rhodesia

These coins were authorised by the Reserve Bank of Rhodesia which was founded in 1964.

The following year, the white-majority government of Southern Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from the United Kingdom. The new nation initially sought recognition from the Commonwealth of Nations and adopted the Pound as its currency.

Amid sanctions, the Rhodesian government issued these commemorative coins in 1966 to mark the anniversary of their independence declaration.

The three gold coins were available in sets and individually. While banknotes were issued with the same denominations before 1970 (when Rhodesia decimalised its currency) these were the only coins of their type issued by the unrecognised state. 

Just 2,000 gold proof three-coin Bank of Rhodesia sets were issued in 1966.

The South African Mint

The South African Mint manufactures all the coins of the South African Rand as well as circulating and collectable coinage for other countries.

Initially, the SA Mint was based in Pretoria and operated as a branch of The Royal Mint, striking Sovereigns from 1923. South Africa introduced a new monetary system in the 1960s. The year after this Rhodesian set was minted in 1966, the South African Mint introduced their flagship bullion coin, the Krugerrand, struck with gold produced by the Rand Refinery.

The old 'SAM' South Africa Mint logo appears to the silk-lined interior of the box lid. The black leather exterior is branded with the seal of the Bank of Rhodesia. The inscription reads 'RESERVE BANK OF RHODESIA — SALISBURY 1966'.

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