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Rhodesia: Declaration of Independence: Ian Smith / "We Stand Behind You"

Rhodesia: Declaration of Independence: Ian Smith / "We Stand Behind You"Rhodesia: Declaration of Independence: Ian Smith / "We Stand Behind You"
Rhodesia: Declaration of Independence: Ian Smith / "We Stand Behind You"Rhodesia: Declaration of Independence: Ian Smith / "We Stand Behind You"
Form: Circular
By: Trevor Wood
Date: 1965
Ref:  Laidlaw: 0856;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
38.2 mmSilver26.8 gm$75
38.3 mmBronze22.0 gm$10

Edge: Plain. Silver medal stamped with issue number. This silver medal: "335".

Obverse: Within an encircling background of diamonds(?), bare head of Ian Smith, left. Legend above: “RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE” and below between stops: “11 NOVEMBER 1965”

Reverse: In the quarters of a cross, scenes of agriculture and industry. A lion in the centre of the cross. Across and divided by the lion: “WE STAND BEHIND YOU”. Silver medal stamped: “.925 / SILVER” at the bottom.

Notes: Comes inside a blue leather bound case with: “RHODESIAN INDEPENDENCE / NOVEMBER 11TH 1965” in gilded letters on the inside of the lid.

Rhodesia declared unilateral independence (UDI) from Britain on 11th November 1965. During Second World War Ian Smith was a fighter pilot who fought for Britain (as did many other Rhodesians). The choice of Armistice Day for the UDI symbolised the bitterness of betrayal that many Rhodesians felt towards Britain.