The South African Mint revealed the first-ever South African colour coins at the highly successful inaugural Cape Town Flower Show held on 27 to 30 October 2016, at the Castle of Good Hope. The crown-sized coins are a first-of-a-kind innovation in South Africa that sees colour applied to coins. In 2015, the South African Mint launched the UNESCO Man and Biosphere coin range, celebrating the rich diversity of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It was this inaugural range that inspired the creation of the new colour coins, which depict the fauna and flora of the Kogelberg area.
This latest range consists of two R5 (1 oz) sterling-silver coins depicting flowers and two R10 (1 oz) sterling-silver coins depicting birds – all in colour- and only 500 of each coin will be minted. The first R5 coin features a beautiful flowering blue-bearded disa, while the second coin depicts the striking Hermanus cliff gladiolus, situated in its natural habitat of rocky sandstone outcrops and cliffs.
South African Mint team conquers Kilimanjaro with Trek4Mandela, in honour of underprivileged school girls
Forty-two participants undertook the Trek4Mandela challenge this year, to raise funds and create awareness for the Caring4Girls initiative. Tumelo Tsehlo and Gawie Herholdt representing the South African Mint, were two of the 35 climbers who succeeded in conquering the highest peak in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro.
Although the climb is a physically challenging experience, it is a thrilling one that symbolises mental strength and marks the overall triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
A new R5 coin was launched as part of the circulation and numismatics range to commemorate 200 hundred years of the Griqua Town coin. The Griqua coin was originally created as currency for the people of Griqua Town in 1815, and the first local currency of a South African people. The new Griqua Town R5 is a regular legal tender coin, holding the same value as the existing R5 coins, currently in circulation throughout the country. The new R5 coin will therefore not hold any special or superior value to existing R5 coins.
The South African Mint revealed a new corporate identity at the 45th World Money Fair in Berlin, which just took place from 5th – 7th February 2016. The mint industry and visitors at the fair were treated to a first-hand experience of the new identity as the award-winning coin manufacturer and the country’s producer of currency Africa unveiled for the first time, its new look.
According to Tumi Tsehlo, the Managing Director of the South African Mint, “We look forward to sharing our new identity with coin collectors and our business partners from across the world. We believe that our new logo and corporate identity embody the essence of who we are and what we do. To numismatics, our products embody the beauty and rich heritage of South Africa and Africa. Our bullion is of impeccable quality and known the world over, while to the currency industry we are a trusted supplier and partner, helping each client attain its currency needs and preserve the integrity of the currency product”.