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1 Dollar 1979, Rhodesia

in Krause book Number: 38a
Years of issue: 02.08.1979
Edition: --
Signatures: Governor: Mr. Desmond C. Crough
Serie: Decimal system
Specimen of: 17.02.1970
Material: 100% raw cotton
Size (mm): 135 х 75
Printer: RBR, Salisbury

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1 Dollar 1979




Great bird figurine from soapstone - founded in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe.


1 Dollar 1979

coat Rhodesia

On teh right side is the coat of arms of Rhodesia.

Coat of arms depicts two black antelope, standing atop an earthen mound. Also located at the bottom of the inscription: Sit Nomine Digna (Maybe worthy of its name) associated with Rhodes. the shield golden hammer on a green background, indicating the extraction of natural resources, the basis of economic stability Rhodesia.

Great bird figurine from soapstone on top, found in the ruins of Great Zimbabwe.

Great Zimbabwe is a ruined city in the southeastern hills of Zimbabwe near Lake Mutirikwe and the town of Masvingo, close to the Chimanimani Mountains and the Chipinge District. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe during the country's Late Iron Age. Construction on the monument by ancestors of the Shona people began in the XI century and continued until the XIV century, spanning an area of 722 hectares (1,780 acres) which, at its peak, could have housed up to 18,000 people. It is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

balancing stones in Bulawayo, Rhodesia

Bank logo at top center. The logo - a miracle of nature, balancing stones in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

zimbabwe bird

Bottom left - Great bird again.

Denominations in numerals are in three corners, in words in center.


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Tobacco field in Northern Rhodesia (Nyasaland).

Tobacco field

Tobacco was one of the major export industries of Rhodesia. Rhodesian tobacco was among the best the world due to the favorable climate and because it was picked up by hands.

Denominations in numerals are in all corners, in words lower in center.


The dollar (R$) was the currency of Rhodesia between 1970 and 1980. It was subdivided into 100 cents.

The dollar was introduced on 17 February 1970, less than a month before the declaration of a republic on 2 March 1970. It replaced the pound at a rate of 2 dollars to 1 pound. The dollar proved to be a strong currency, at parity with the pound sterling right up to the very end of Rhodesia in 1980, when it was replaced by the Zimbabwean dollar at par. However, the Rhodesian dollar was never a fully convertible currency and its exchange rate was therefore not an indication of the underlying economics.