1966 Rhodesia Gold Proof Three Coin Set
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.
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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