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Sugar Bush Silver Sixpence South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1960) (Protea)

Sugar Bush Silver Sixpence South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1960) (Protea)

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Sugarbush Silver Sixpence South Africa Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1960) (Protea)

Reverse: A Protea -- also called Sugarbush --a flower native to South Africa, surrounded with 6 lines
6 D.

Obverse: Laureate head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right
Translation: Queen Elizabeth II

Issuer South Africa
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-1961)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1953-1960
Value 6 Pence = 1/2 Shilling = 1/40 Pound (1/40)
Currency Pound (1825-1961)
Composition Silver (.500)
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.35 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 03-31-1961
Number N# 6416
References KM# 48, Hern# S190-197

Protea (/ˈproʊtiːə/) is a genus of South African flowering plants, also called sugarbushes (Afrikaans: suikerbos).

The family Proteaceae to which Protea species belong is an ancient one among angiosperms. Evidence from pollen fossils suggests Proteaceae ancestors grew in Gondwana, in the Upper Cretaceous, 75–80 million years ago. The Proteaceae are divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, concentrated in Australia and South America and the other smaller segments of Gondwana that are now part of eastern Asia. Africa shares only one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera – this indicates they separated from Africa before they separated from each other.

Most proteas occur south of the Limpopo River. However, P. kilimanjaro is found in the chaparral zone of Mount Kenya National Park. About 92% of the species occurs only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown, South Africa. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape flora are thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape, where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.

Botanical history
Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 18th century, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.

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