Fifty Cents, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Fifty Cents, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - )
Coin TypeFifty Cents

The South African Fifty Cents coin (abbreviated as 50c) is a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal five shillings coin, retaining its design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Fifty Cents was only issued for four years though; in 1965, the Second Decimal Series was introduced, in which the Fifty Cents denomination was made of nickel. This was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version with the Third Decimal Series in 1990.

Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

Obverse
South Africa / Fifty Cents - obverse photo

The first obverse, designed by Willie Myburg and used between 1961 and 1964, features the portrait of Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, known as Jan van Riebeeck (1619-1677), Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town and considered by many people to be the founding father of the South African nation. The designer's initials WM are incuse on the shoulder truncation.

Around left, the motto EENDRAG MAAK MAG in Afrikaans; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in English: UNITY IS STRENGTH.

The second obverse (1965 - 1969), designed by Tommy Sasseen, has a different portrait of Jan van Riebeeck - facing right; the legend is in one language only - either SOUTH AFRICA or SUID-AFRIKA, with both versions issued every year.

The third obverse (1970 - 1989) displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below it and to the right, in small letters the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Around left, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA; around right, the name in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA.

Below, the date of issue: * [year] *.

With the introduction of the steel version in 1990, the design of the Coat of Arms was slightly revised and the order of the legends was reversed. In 1996, the legend was changed to one language only: AFRIKA BORWA in Sepedi / Sesotho (Northern Sotho / Southern Sotho).

In 2000, the obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms of the country, and an annual rotation of the language of the legend was introduced.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / Fifty Cents - reverse photo

The first reverse design (1961 - 1964) continues the original reverse of the five shillings coin and shows at its centre a Springbok antelope, the national animal symbol of South Africa.

The designer's initials CLS (for Coert Laurens Steynberg) are in the right field between the letters IC of AFRICA and the ground under the Springbok.

Above, the date of issue: + [year] +.

Around left and around right, respectively the legend SUID-AFRIKA in Afrikaans and SOUTH AFRICA in English.

Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 50 c. * (Fifty Cents).

The second reverse (1965 - 1990) depicts three flowers native to South Africa: an Arum Lily, an African Lily and a "Bird of Paradise" (Strelitzia).

To the right, the numeral value 50 (Fifty Cents).

Below right, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

The third reverse (1990 - present) shows only one plant - a Bird of Paradise, and the value and denomination are shown as 50 c.

Reverse Inscription 50 c
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Notes

Note that there are also some two-ounce silver bullion coins denominated as 50 cents in face value.

Coin Type: Fifty Cents - (71) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Cents 1961 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 54,530
Fifty Cents 1962 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1962 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 24,868
Fifty Cents 1963 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1963 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 157,025
Fifty Cents 1964 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1964 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1964 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 127,000
Fifty Cents 1965 (English) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1965 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 53,000
Fifty Cents 1966 (English) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1966 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1966 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,081,000
Fifty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,056,000
Fifty Cents 1967 (English) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1967 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 77,000
Fifty Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 52,000
Fifty Cents 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 750,000
Fifty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 775,000
Fifty Cents 1969 (English) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1969 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 19,968
Fifty Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 7,968
Fifty Cents 1970 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1970 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,108,000
Fifty Cents 1971 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1971 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,074,000
Fifty Cents 1972 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1972 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 781,000
Fifty Cents 1973 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1973 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,054,000
Fifty Cents 1974 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,957,000
Fifty Cents 1975 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,906,000
Fifty Cents 1976 Fouché South Africa / Fifty Cents 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,653,000
Fifty Cents 1977 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,215,000
Fifty Cents 1978 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,088,000
Fifty Cents 1979 Diederichs South Africa / Fifty Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,066,000
Fifty Cents 1980 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,283,000
Fifty Cents 1981 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1981 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,691,000
Fifty Cents 1982 Vorster South Africa / Fifty Cents 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,082,000
Fifty Cents 1983 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1983 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,164,000
Fifty Cents 1984 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,698,000
Fifty Cents 1985 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1985 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,348,859
Fifty Cents 1986 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1986 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,301,100
Fifty Cents 1987 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1987 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1987 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 19,077,781
Fifty Cents 1988 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 27,705,250
Fifty Cents 1989 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1990 (Nickel) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1990 (Nickel) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,442,000
Fifty Cents 1990 (Steel) South Africa / Fifty Cents 1990 (Steel) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1991 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1991 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 24,015,200
Fifty Cents 1992 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 18,015,050
Fifty Cents 1993 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 65,010,892
Fifty Cents 1994 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 12,006,690
Fifty Cents 1995 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1995 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 58,008,393
Fifty Cents 1996 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1996 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1996 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 41,016,503
Fifty Cents 1997 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1997 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 38,011,111
Fifty Cents 1998 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1998 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,159,538
Fifty Cents 1999 South Africa / Fifty Cents 1999 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,161,299
Fifty Cents 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Fifty Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,163,470
Fifty Cents 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Fifty Cents 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,152,000
Fifty Cents 2001 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2001 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,155,678
Fifty Cents 2002 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2002 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 16,003,250
Fifty Cents 2002 Football South Africa / Fifty Cents 2002 Football - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2002 Football - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 16,000,000
Fifty Cents 2002 Cricket Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2003 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2003 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2003 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2003 Cricket South Africa / Fifty Cents 2003 Cricket - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2004 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2004 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 43,925,935
Fifty Cents 2005 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2005 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2005 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 26,609,944
Fifty Cents 2006 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2006 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 40,129,637
Fifty Cents 2007 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2007 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2007 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 63,553,280
Fifty Cents 2008 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2008 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 141,313,563
Fifty Cents 2009 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2009 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 7,680,000
Fifty Cents 2010 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2010 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 55,104,000
Fifty Cents 2011 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2011 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2012 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2012 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2013 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2013 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2014 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2014 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2015 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2015 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2016 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2016 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2017 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2017 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2018 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2018 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2019 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2019 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2020 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2020 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2021 South Africa / Fifty Cents 2021 - reverse photo South Africa / Fifty Cents 2021 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Fifty Cents: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Fifty Cents, Silver
Fifty Cents, Nickel
Fifty Cents, Steel
From1961
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass