Southern Rhodesia


1 Pound, 1945

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Front: George VI (1895-1952), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the British dominions beyond the seas 1936-1952

George VI was born Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor, son of George V and Queen Mary.

Albert joined the Royal Navy in 1909 and served as a naval cadet. He served during World War I, and saw action aboard HMS Collingwood in the Battle of Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). In 1917, Albert joined the Royal Air Force but did not see any further action in the war. After the war, Albert studied history, economics and civics for a year at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Albert married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, on 26 April 1923.

Albert became King George VI when his brother King Edward VIII abdicated the throne on December 11, 1936. Officially he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the British dominions beyond the seas. George VI was the last Emperor of India (until 1947) and the last King of Ireland (until 1949).

Back: Zimbabwe ruins


10 Shillings, 1953

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Front: Elizabeth II (1926-), Queen of United Kingdom, British colonies and Commonwealth of Nations 1952-present

Date of portrait: 1952, age 26

Back: Victoria Falls

Courtesy Tod Hunt

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Southern Rhodesia, located in the east-central part of southern Africa, was a British colony. It joined the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1953 to form the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The federation was dissolved in 1963 when Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland became independent republics of Zambia and Malawi respectively. Southern Rhodesia renamed Rhodesia. It became an independent Republic of Zimbabwe in 1980. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Zimbabwe.




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