Five Rand Coin (Release date: July 2004)
The Black Wildebeest or Gnu is found in the northern grassveld regions of the Cape, throughout the Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the southern regions of Gauteng. The Black Wildebeest was also depicted on the 2c reverse from 1965 to 1990.
Two Rand Coin (Release date: November 1989)
The Kudu, “King of Antelope”, was chosen for the reverse of the R2 coin which replaced the banknote in the 3rd decimal series. The wide spiralling horns are characteristic of the male kudu, which make it one of Africa's most impressive antelope.
One Rand Coin (Release date: November 1991)
The Springbok, South Africa's national animal, was first depicted on the silver crown coins from 1947-1951 and 1953-1959. The Springbok was once again chosen for the reverse of the silver 50c (1961-1964), the gold £1 and gold £½ (1952-1960) and the gold R1 and R2 (1961-1964). It was again depicted on the 50c from 1960-1964. From 1977 to 1990, the Springbok appeared on the R1 nickel coins and from 1990 to date, on the smaller R1 in the 3rd series. The Springbok is also depicted on the reverse of the world-renowned Krugerrand.
Fifty Cent Coin (Release date: May 1991)
The Strelitzia (Crane Flower or Bird-of-Paradise flower) first appeared together with the arum lily and blue agapanthus on the 50c coin (1965-1990) as part of the 2nd decimal series, and alone on the 50c in the 3rd series.
Twenty Cent Coin (Release date: May 1992)
The King Protea, South Africa’s national flower, first appeared on the tickey and sixpence from 1925 to 1960 and again in the 1st decimal series (1961-1964) on the 2½c and 5c. The Protea was chosen for the reverse of the 20c in the 2nd series (1965-1989) and 3rd coin series.
Ten Cent Coin (Release date: December 1990)
The Arum Lily is a distinguished South African flower. This flower originally appeared on the 50c coins from 1965-1989 as part of the country's 2nd decimal series.
Five Cent Coin (Release date: February 1990)
The Blue Crane is South Africa's national bird and is found throughout the large savannah areas of South Africa, usually near water. The Blue Crane was depicted on the 5c in the 2nd series (1965-1989).
One & Two Cent Coins
On 28 March 2002, the South African Reserve Bank officially advised that the minting of South African 1c and 2c coins and their continual distribution for circulation would cease on 31 March 2002. This was consistent with a decision which was taken by the Cabinet in July 2000.