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1966 Rhodesia Five Pound Gold Proof Coin

1966 Rhodesia Five Pound Gold Proof Coin Boxed

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£2,950.00
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Available now in original presentation case: a rare 22-carat gold Rhodesian 1966 Five Pound coin. Obverse: Arnold Machin's second definitive coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right and wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. The legend reads: 'ELIZABETH THE SECOND'. Reverse: coat of arms of Rhodesia with pickaxe on shield and two sable antelopes as supporters, as used between 1924 and 1981 firstly for the British colony and later for Zimbabwe. The date (1966) appears either side with 'RHODESIA' above and 'FIVE POUNDS' below. Designer: Thomas Sasseen. These coins were produced by the South African Mint for the new Rhodesian national bank, not long after the white separatist minority government had declared independence in November 1965. Following a 15-year guerrilla war, Rhodesia would emerge as the Republic of Zimbabwe in 1980. This Five Pound coin is one of just 5,000 issued during this significant year in the history of Zimbabwe. It has the same specifications as a British Five Sovereign, weighing in at 39.94 grams and composed of 91.67% gold (actual gold weight: 1.1762 troy ounces). Diameter: 36.02 millimetres. This example is offered in a red leather box stamped in gold with the logo of the Reserve Bank of Rhodesia and the date to the lid with 'SAM' to the interior for the SA Mint. The coin itself is presented without a capsule. A sought-after piece in excellent pre-owned condition.
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Obverse

Right-facing portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin. Legend around reads: 'ELIZABETH THE SECOND'. No initials.

Reverse

Arms of Rhodesia with antelope supporters, date (1966) either side. 'RHODESIA' above and 'FIVE POUNDS' below. Artist: Thomas Sasseen.

Specification

Struck to proof standard in 39.94 grams of 91.67% gold. Diameter: 36.02 millimetres.

Presentation

Comes in original red leather presentation case with 'RESERVE BANK OF RHODESIA - - SALISBURY - -' to the lid along with the date - 1966 - in gold lettering. 'SAM' to the interior for the South African Mint. Coin raw, no capsule.

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