Coins of the Rhodesian dollar
In late 1969 Rhodesian voters agreed to adopt a new constitution which would establish a republic. On February 17, 1970, Rhodesia changed over to decimal currency. The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland halfpenny and penny were withdrawn from circulation and replaced with the 1⁄2 cent coin, 1 cent coin (click for image) (their values were not exactly equal) and a 2 1⁄2 cent (3d) tickey. The new coins depicted the Rhodesian coat of arms on the obverse instead of Queen Elizabeth II's portrait, reflecting the constitutional change. The 1964 coinage issue remained in circulation. The sixpence (6d) became 5 cents, the shilling (1/-) became 10 cents, the florin (2/-) became 20 cents, and the half-crown (2/6) became 25 cents.
In 1973, a new cupronickel five cent coin was issued. This coin had the Rhodesian coat of arms alone on the obverse, to which the legend RHODESIA was added for the 1975–77 strikings.
In 1975 a new ten cent and 25 cent piece appeared; it was struck in this year only.
A new 20 cent coin was struck in 1975 and again in 1977.
The last Rhodesian coins were struck in 1977. The 1977 1⁄2 cent coin is extremely rare with 10 pieces known.