2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and we are proud to honour his legacy with a new coin range.
The new coins are the second installation in the “Celebrating South Africa” theme, through which we celebrate milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture. The first coin series in this theme was the 2017 OR Tambo Centenary range (see 2017 coin range).
Each meticulously crafted coin allows us to look back at the remarkable stages of Mandela’s life, and his struggle for justice, human rights, and a free and democratic South Africa.
R50 Bronze Alloy Coin
This coin portrays Nelson Mandela as a young and passionate lawyer. In August 1952, he, together with Oliver Tambo, opened the ﬁrst black-owned law ﬁrm in South Africa. Pricing the coin was a conscious tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and our way of paying it forward. To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Mandela, and in remembrance of the 27 long years he spent in prison, R27 of every bronze coin purchased will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation
R50 Silver 1 oz Sterling-Silver Coin
This coin depicts Nelson Mandela as a proud statesman. After spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was ﬁnally released on 11 February 1990 and elected deputy president of the ANC in the same year. In 1993, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with President FW de Klerk before making history as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, in 1994.
R500 1 oz 24ct Gold Coin
This 1oz gold coin portrays Nelson Mandela in his latter years, post-presidency. In 2009 the United Nations declared July 18 as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ in recognition of his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013, leaving behind an inimitable legacy.
R5 Commemorative Circulation Coin
The bimetallic R5 circulation coin is central to this range, enabling the South African public and coin collectors to celebrate the centenary year of Mandela’s birth. The coin goes into circulation in July 2018, the month in which Mandela was born.
A collectable R5 coin will be included in the 3-coin and 4-coin Mandela Centenary sets. The collectable R5 is NOT available for purchase on its own.
The obverse depicts the national coat of arms, the year of issue ‘2018’, and the word ‘South Africa’.
Silver and Bronze Alloy Obverses
The obverses of the silver and bronze alloy coins depict the national coat of arms, year of issue ‘2018’, and the words ‘South Africa’ written in all the official languages.
Circulation Coin Obverse
The obverse depicts the national coat of arms, year of issue ‘2018’, and ‘South Africa’ written in both English and SeSotho.