Five Cents, Steel, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Five Cents, Steel, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1990 - 2011)
Coin TypeFive Cents, Steel

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.

The first version was made of silver and was only issued for four years. In 1965 this was replaced with a nickel coin, which was issued until 1989. This was changed to a larger copper-plated steel version in 1990, issued until 2011; in November 2011, it was announced that production of the denomination would be discontinued as of 1st April 2012.

The obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms in 2000. The legend changed to Tsonga between 1996 and 2001, then annual rotation of the language afterwards.

The coins have not been demonetised and 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, Steel - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below that, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

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].

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

The reverse of the coin depicts a Blue Crane bird, looking left. To the left of the bird, the value and denomination 5 c (Five Cents).

Below left, the initials of the designer GJR (for Gert Richards).

Reverse Inscription 5 c
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

About the design, the South African Mint says:
The Blue Crane (Anthropoides Paradisea) is our national bird and is found throughout the large Savannah areas of South Africa, usually near water. Each bird is about 105 cm tall with both sexes identical. Identification is easy because of the large head with dark brown irises and a pinkish bill. Nesting pairs seem to mate for life and use the same nesting sites. The Blue Crane population is thriving. As the Blue Crane is more-or-less confined to South Africa, it has been used only on South African coins. Our second decimal series. 1965 to 1990, had the Blue Crane on the nickel 5c and it was retained on the copper plated 5c on the third decimal series, but with a redesigned image. The Blue Crane portrayed on the reverse of the South African 5c was modeled by G Richard; the obverse was modeled by A Sutherland. The design was developed from an original artwork by the well-known artist, Dick Findley. The artwork is on display at the South African Mint’s museum.

Coin Type: Five Cents, Steel - (23) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Cents 1990 106,022,469 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990
Five Cents 1991 74,026,800 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991
Five Cents 1992 120,025,350 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992
Five Cents 1993 90,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993
Five Cents 1994 6,112,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Cents 1995 153,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Five Cents 1996 101,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1996
Five Cents 1997 228,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1997
Five Cents 1998 88,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1998
Five Cents 1999 57,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1999
Five Cents 2000 (Old CoA) 132,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 2000
Five Cents 2000 (New CoA) 132,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFRIKA-DZONGA 2000
Five Cents 2001 82,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFRIKA-DZONGA 2001
Five Cents 2002 210,003,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2002
Five Cents 2003 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2003
Five Cents 2004 534,177,935 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2004
Five Cents 2005 435,009,944 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2005
Five Cents 2006 580,161,637 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2006
Five Cents 2007 653,409,280 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2007
Five Cents 2008 788,417,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2008
Five Cents 2009 920,640,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2009
Five Cents 2010 220,192,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2010
Five Cents 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2011
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Five Cents, Steel: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-type ofFive Cents
From1990
To2011
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2012
MaterialCopper-plated Steel
DesignerGert Richards, Arthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.000 mm
Thickness1.900 mm
Mass4.500 g