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Sunday, June 24, 2012

1949 Crown - 5 Shilling coin - South Africa

From 1947 to 1960 South Africa minted large, 38 mm diameter, 5 shilling crowns in 50 percent and 80 percent (0.500 and 0.800 pure) silver. The reigning British monarch, in this case George or Elizabeth, appear on the front of the coin, and a nice pattern appears on the back. In 1952, the back shows an old sailing vessel. Other years have antelope, shields, and buildings.  Since these are modern coins, they do not command high collector premiums over their basic silver value. The coin in the picture is especially nice, so it might fetch $10 US dollars over the base silver value, but probably not more. One date, the 1959 coin iwth Queen Elizabeth and an antelope,

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