The obverse, designed by T.H. Paget, features a bust image of King George VI facing left. On the outer periphery is the Latin phrase “GEORGIVS SEXTVS REX”, the “V” is actually a stylized U so the proper phrase is “GEORGIUS SEXTUS REX” or as translated to “GEORGE SIXTH KING”. Located just below the back of the neck are the designer’s initials “HP”.
The reverse, designed by Coert L. Steynberg, features a springbok in full stride. On the outer periphery is the phrase “SOUTH AFRICA SUID AFRIKA” and the denomination “5 SHILLINGS”. Just above the last “S” in shillings are the designer’s initials “CLS”.
The springbok is a gazelle native to the southern Africa region and has been a long standing national symbol for South Africa. Besides being used as a national symbol, its likeness also appears on military units, major sport teams and even the airline South African Airways.
In 1951, silver was reduced from .7273 ounces to .4546 ounces.
Variety 1 - .7273 ounces of silver
Variety 2 – Reduced silver content
General Market Notes
Excluding proofs and errors, there are no rarities to the series.