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The Colony of Southern Rhodesia, was a self-governing British Crown colony in southern Africa, later known as Rhodesia and today as Zimbabwe. During that time, the capital has remained the same, Salisbury, later changing its name to Harare. The colony was established on 1 October 1923, after it was annexed by the Crown on 12 September 1923. Up to this time, it was administered by the British South Africa Company. In 1953, it was merged into the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, which lasted until 1963. Southern Rhodesia then remained a British colony until 1980. During this time the white-minority government issued a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965 and established Rhodesia, an unrecognized state. This changed in 1979 as it was reconstituted under indigenous African rule as Zimbabwe Rhodesia, which also failed. The British took interim control following the Lancaster House Agreement in December 1979, after which the country was granted internationally recognized independence as Zimbabwe on 18 April 1980. The first coins were issued in 1934 with only the nickel and silver coins showing the Bust of the British Monarch, and the half and one penny coins only the title. This currency mirrored the English Pound Sterling system with 12 Pennies to the Shilling and 20 Shillings to the Pound. The last coins were issued in 1952, before merging into Rhodesia Nyasaland. The name Rhodesia comes from Cecil John Rhodes and was given by Queen Victoria in honor of him. Up to that time, it was referred to as South Zambezia. It comprised 372,518 km² (143,830 square miles). Read more

See also: Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Rhodesia, Zimbabwe

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Southern Rhodesia - Pound (1932-1955)

12 Pence = 1 Shilling • 20 Shillings = 1 Pound

½ Penny - George V – obverse
½ Penny - George V – reverse
½ Penny - George V
1934-1936
Copper-nickel – 2.8 g – ø 21.1 mm
KM# 6, Schön# 1
½ Penny - George VI – obverse
½ Penny - George VI – reverse
½ Penny - George VI
1938-1939
Copper-nickel – 3 g – ø 21.1 mm
KM# 14, Schön# 8
½ Penny - George VI – obverse
½ Penny - George VI – reverse
½ Penny - George VI
1942-1944
Bronze – 3 g – ø 21.1 mm
KM# 14a, Schön# 8a
½ Penny - George VI – obverse
½ Penny - George VI – reverse
½ Penny - George VI
1951-1952
Bronze – 2.9 g – ø 21.1 mm
KM# 26, Schön# 20
½ Penny - Elizabeth II – obverse
½ Penny - Elizabeth II – reverse
½ Penny - Elizabeth II
1954
Bronze – 2.9 g – ø 21 mm
KM# 28, Schön# 27
1 Penny - George V – obverse
1 Penny - George V – reverse
1 Penny - George V
1934-1936
Copper-nickel – 6.3 g – ø 27 mm
KM# 7, Schön# 2
1 Penny - George VI – obverse
1 Penny - George VI – reverse
1 Penny - George VI
1937-1942
Copper-nickel – 6.3 g – ø 27.1 mm
KM# 8, Schön# 9
1 Penny - George VI – obverse
1 Penny - George VI – reverse
1 Penny - George VI
1942-1947
Bronze – 6.4 g – ø 27 mm
KM# 8a, Schön# 9a
1 Penny - George VI – obverse
1 Penny - George VI – reverse
1 Penny - George VI
1949-1952
Bronze – 6.5 g – ø 27 mm
KM# 25, Schön# 21
1 Penny - Elizabeth II – obverse
1 Penny - Elizabeth II – reverse
1 Penny - Elizabeth II
1954
Bronze – 6.3 g – ø 27 mm
KM# 29, Schön# 28
3 Pence - George V – obverse
3 Pence - George V – reverse
3 Pence - George V
1932-1936
Silver (.925) – 1.41 g – ø 16 mm
KM# 1, Schön# 3
3 Pence - George VI – obverse
3 Pence - George VI – reverse
3 Pence - George VI
1937
Silver (.925) – 1.41 g – ø 16 mm
KM# 9, Schön# 10
3 Pence - George VI – obverse
3 Pence - George VI – reverse
3 Pence - George VI
1939-1942
Silver (.925) – 1.41 g – ø 16 mm
KM# 16, Schön# 15
3 Pence - George VI – obverse
3 Pence - George VI – reverse
3 Pence - George VI
1944-1946
Silver (.500) – 1.41 g – ø 16.25 mm
KM# 16a, Schön# 15a
3 Pence - George VI – obverse
3 Pence - George VI – reverse
3 Pence - George VI
1947
Copper-nickel – 1.41 g – ø 16 mm
KM# 16b, Schön# 15b
3 Pence - George VI – obverse
3 Pence - George VI – reverse
3 Pence - George VI
1948-1952
Copper-nickel – 1.4 g – ø 16 mm
KM# 20, Schön# 22
6 Pence - George V – obverse
6 Pence - George V – reverse
6 Pence - George V
1932-1936
Silver (.925) – 2.83 g – ø 19.41 mm
KM# 2, Schön# 4
6 Pence - George VI – obverse
6 Pence - George VI – reverse
6 Pence - George VI
1937
Silver (.925) – 2.83 g – ø 19.3 mm
KM# 10, Schön# 11
6 Pence - George VI – obverse
6 Pence - George VI – reverse
6 Pence - George VI
1939-1942
Silver (.925) – 2.8 g – ø 19.3 mm
KM# 17, Schön# 16
6 Pence - George VI – obverse
6 Pence - George VI – reverse
6 Pence - George VI
1944-1946
Silver (.500) – 2.83 g – ø 19.37 mm
KM# 17a, Schön# 16a

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