Five Cents, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Five Cents, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - 2011)
Coin TypeFive Cents

The South African Five Cents coin (abbreviated as 5c) was a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal sixpence, retaining its design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Five Cents was only issued for four years though; in 1965, the Second Decimal Coinage was introduced, in which the Five Cents denomination was made of nickel. This was changed to a larger copper-plated steel version issued until 2011, after which time the denomination was discontinued.

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

The denomination has not been demonetised and the coins are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.

Obverse
South Africa / Five 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 UNITY IS STRENGTH in English; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in Afrikaans: EENDRAG MAAK MAG.

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 - 2002) 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 Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA; around left, the name in English: SOUTH AFRICA.

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 - DZONGA in Tsonga.

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 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / Five Cents - reverse photo

The first reverse design (1961 - 1964) - a new rendition of the original sixpence reverse - shows at its centre a king protea flower in bloom. To the right of the base of it's stem, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray). Around, five bundles of fasces - their number matching the value, just as the original design of the sixpence had six bundles.

Above, the date of issue: · [year] ·.

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

Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 5 c. * (Five Cents).

The second reverse (1965 - 1989) depicts a Blue Crane bird, looking right. To the right of the bird, the value and denomination 5 c (Five Cents).

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

The third reverse (1990 - 2011) bears a similar design, but the bird faces left and the value and denomination are on the left.

Reverse Inscription 5 c
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Note that there are also quarter-ounce silver bullion coins denominated as 5 cents in face value.

Coin Type: Five Cents - (57) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Cents 1961 South Africa / Five Cents 1961 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,486,530
Five Cents 1962 South Africa / Five Cents 1962 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,191,843
Five Cents 1963 South Africa / Five Cents 1963 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,058,025
Five Cents 1964 South Africa / Five Cents 1964 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1964 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,583,000
Five Cents 1965 (English) South Africa / Five Cents 1965 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1965 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 32,715,000
Five Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Five Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 32,689,999
Five Cents 1966 (English) South Africa / Five Cents 1966 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,101,000
Five Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Five Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,126,000
Five Cents 1967 (English) South Africa / Five Cents 1967 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1967 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,590,000
Five Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Five Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,615,000
Five Cents 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,025,000
Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,000,000
Five Cents 1969 (English) South Africa / Five Cents 1969 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,020,000
Five Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Five Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,032,000
Five Cents 1970 South Africa / Five Cents 1970 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,662,000
Five Cents 1971 South Africa / Five Cents 1971 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 20,341,000
Five Cents 1972 South Africa / Five Cents 1972 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,126,000
Five Cents 1973 South Africa / Five Cents 1973 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 17,103,000
Five Cents 1974 South Africa / Five Cents 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 19,993,000
Five Cents 1975 South Africa / Five Cents 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 22,000,000
Five Cents 1976 Fouché South Africa / Five Cents 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 48,991,000
Five Cents 1977 South Africa / Five Cents 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 51,748,000
Five Cents 1978 South Africa / Five Cents 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 30,069,000
Five Cents 1979 Diederichs South Africa / Five Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 17,550,000
Five Cents 1980 South Africa / Five Cents 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 46,680,000
Five Cents 1981 South Africa / Five Cents 1981 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 40,361,000
Five Cents 1982 Vorster South Africa / Five Cents 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 47,248,000
Five Cents 1983 South Africa / Five Cents 1983 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 57,501,000
Five Cents 1984 South Africa / Five Cents 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 67,356,000
Five Cents 1985 South Africa / Five Cents 1985 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1985 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 57,176,859
Five Cents 1986 South Africa / Five Cents 1986 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1986 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 54,233,100
Five Cents 1987 South Africa / Five Cents 1987 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1987 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 42,791,297
Five Cents 1988 South Africa / Five Cents 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 110,171,250
Five Cents 1989 South Africa / Five Cents 1989 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,540,000
Five Cents 1990 South Africa / Five Cents 1990 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1990 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 106,022,469
Five Cents 1991 South Africa / Five Cents 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1991 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 74,026,800
Five Cents 1992 South Africa / Five Cents 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 120,025,350
Five Cents 1993 South Africa / Five Cents 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 90,018,692
Five Cents 1994 South Africa / Five Cents 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,112,590
Five Cents 1995 South Africa / Five Cents 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1995 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 153,014,293
Five Cents 1996 South Africa / Five Cents 1996 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 101,016,503
Five Cents 1997 South Africa / Five Cents 1997 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 228,011,111
Five Cents 1998 South Africa / Five Cents 1998 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 88,007,538
Five Cents 1999 South Africa / Five Cents 1999 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 1999 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 57,009,299
Five Cents 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Five Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 132,011,470
Five Cents 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Five Cents 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 132,000,000
Five Cents 2001 South Africa / Five Cents 2001 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2001 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 82,003,678
Five Cents 2002 South Africa / Five Cents 2002 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2002 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 210,003,250
Five Cents 2003 South Africa / Five Cents 2003 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2003 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Cents 2004 South Africa / Five Cents 2004 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2004 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 534,177,935
Five Cents 2005 South Africa / Five Cents 2005 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 435,009,944
Five Cents 2006 South Africa / Five Cents 2006 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2006 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 580,161,637
Five Cents 2007 South Africa / Five Cents 2007 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2007 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 653,409,280
Five Cents 2008 South Africa / Five Cents 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2008 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 788,417,563
Five Cents 2009 South Africa / Five Cents 2009 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2009 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 920,640,000
Five Cents 2010 South Africa / Five Cents 2010 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Cents 2010 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 220,192,000
Five Cents 2011 South Africa / Five Cents 2011 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Five Cents: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Five Cents, Silver
Five Cents, Nickel
Five Cents, Steel
From1961
To2011
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2012
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
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