2 Cents - Sobhuza II

2 Cents - Sobhuza II -  obverse2 Cents - Sobhuza II -  reverse

Obverse © Gary Skewes

Features

Country Eswatini
King Sobhuza II (1968-1982)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1974-1982
Value 2 Cents (0.02 SZL)
Currency Lilangeni (1974-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 2.8 g
Diameter 20.9 mm
Shape Square with rounded corners
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 02-01-2016
Number N# 3339
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 8,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 8
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Portrait of Sobhuza II

Lettering: SWAZILAND

Engraver: Michael Rizzello

Michael Gaspard Rizzello OBE was a sculptor and designer. Rizzello was born in London of Italian parents. His father was a tailor. He attended the London Oratory School and did not want to follow his father's profession. He enlisted in the army in 1944, and was demobbed in 1948. He was a good baritone singer and had to choose between music and drawing; he chose the latter. He attended the Royal College of Art winning both the Drawing Prize and Travelling Scholarship in Sculpture. This led to study in Italy, sculpture in Rome for two years, and he was awarded the Prix de Rome 1951 for Sculpture. He began his career making wax heads for Madame Tussauds. He served an unprecedented term of two 5-year periods as President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. His public statuary includes Dancer with Ribbon in Oxford Street, London. His David Lloyd George stands in Cathays Park, Cardiff, and other portrait busts include Nelson Mandela.

Reverse

Leadwood Tree (Combretum imberbe)

Lettering: 2 CENTS 1974

Engraver: Michael Rizzello

Michael Gaspard Rizzello OBE was a sculptor and designer. Rizzello was born in London of Italian parents. His father was a tailor. He attended the London Oratory School and did not want to follow his father's profession. He enlisted in the army in 1944, and was demobbed in 1948. He was a good baritone singer and had to choose between music and drawing; he chose the latter. He attended the Royal College of Art winning both the Drawing Prize and Travelling Scholarship in Sculpture. This led to study in Italy, sculpture in Rome for two years, and he was awarded the Prix de Rome 1951 for Sculpture. He began his career making wax heads for Madame Tussauds. He served an unprecedented term of two 5-year periods as President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. His public statuary includes Dancer with Ribbon in Oxford Street, London. His David Lloyd George stands in Cathays Park, Cardiff, and other portrait busts include Nelson Mandela.

Edge

Smooth

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1974  2 252 000 1.21 0.97 1.21 60% Royal Mint
1974  13 000 1.82 8% Royal Mint; Proof
1979  1 000 000 0.30 14% Royal Mint
1979  10 000 3% Royal Mint; Proof
1982  500 000 1.21 3.39 0.96 31% Royal Mint

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