Five Rand, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Five Rand, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1994 - )
Coin TypeFive Rand

The Rand currency was introduced in the then Union of South Africa on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. The largest circulating coin at the time was fifty cents; gradually, new coins were introduced to replace banknotes, with the highest circulating denomination now being Five Rand (abbreviated as R5).

The first R5 coins were made of Nickel-plated copper and were similar to the R2 and R1 coins of the time. In 2004, the denomination changed to a larger bi-metallic coin, retaining the same design with some modifications; the earlier coins were not demonetised and are still legal tender.

From time to time, the South African Mint also issues commemorative designs in the denomination, to mark special occasions.

Obverse
South Africa / Five Rand - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, with the legend SOUTH AFRICA written around left and around right in two of the eleven official languages of the country; there is a system of rotation and every year a different pair is used. The possible inscriptions and languages are:

Aforika Borwa in Tswana,
Afrika Borwa in Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho,
Afrika Dzonga in Tsonga.
Afurika Tshipembe in Venda,
iNingizimu Afrika in Swazi,
iSewula Afrika in Southern Ndebele,
Ningizimu Afrika in Zulu,
South Africa in English,
Suid-Afrika in Afrikaans, and
uMzantsi Afrika in Xhosa.

The date of issue: · [year] · is above the Coat of Arms, separating the two inscriptions.

The designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland) are below the Coat of Arms.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA · [year] ·
Reverse
South Africa / Five Rand - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at centre a The Rand currency was introduced in the then Union of South Africa on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. The largest circulating coin at the time was fifty cents; gradually, new coins were introduced to replace banknotes, with the highest circulating denomination now being Five Rand (abbreviated as R5).

These first R5 coins were made of Nickel-plated copper and were similar to the R2 and R1 coins of the time. The reverse depicts a Black Wildebeest or Gnu; these large animals are found in the northern grassveld regions of the Cape Province, throughout the Orange Free State to KwaZulu-Natal and the southern regions of Gauteng.

In 2004, the denomination changed to a larger bi-metallic coin, retaining the same design with some modifications; the earlier coins were not demonetised and are still legal tender. (also known as a Gnu), running to left.

On the earlier coins, the value and denomination 5 RAND are above; on the bimetallic coins the numeral is above and the word RAND is around below. The bimetallic coins also have the abbreviation SARB (South African Reserve Bank, the issuer of the coin) repeated as an ornament in microtext around the outer ring.

In the lower left, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland).

Reverse Inscription 5 RAND
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

Note that some bullion issues, e.g. silver ounces, are also denominated with R5 face value.

Coin Type: Five Rand - (37) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Rand 1994 Presidential Inauguration 10,105,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Rand 1994 45,224,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Rand 1995 41,252,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Five Rand 1996 15,451,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1996
Five Rand 1997 1,287,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1997
Five Rand 1998 1,159,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1998
Five Rand 1999 8,809,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1999
Five Rand 2000 Mandela 6,240,000 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2000
Five Rand 2000 (Old CoA) 1,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2000
Five Rand 2000 (New CoA) 6,200,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2001
Five Rand 2001 2,004,457 Coat of Arms of South Africa ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2001
Five Rand 2002 1,003,356 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2002 iSewula Afrika
Five Rand 2003 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2003 Ningizimu Afrika
Five Rand 2004 31,103,178 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga · 2004 · Ningizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2005 35,586,941 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Dzonga · 2005 · South Africa ·
Five Rand 2006 14,002,594 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2006 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2007 11,763,634 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa · 2007 · Afrika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2008 Nelson Mandela 22,106,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2008 · Suid-Afrika ·
Five Rand 2008 14,092,553 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2008 · Suid-Afrika ·
Five Rand 2009 11,178,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika · 2009 · uMzantsi Afrika ·
Five Rand 2010 8,065,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika · 2010 · iNingizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2011 Anniversary of SARB 5,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2011 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2011 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2012 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2012 · uMzantsi Afrika ·
Five Rand 2013 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika · 2013 · iNingizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2014 Twenty Years of Freedom unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe · 2014 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2014 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe · 2014 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Five Rand 2015 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika · 2015 · Afurika Tshipembe ·
Five Rand 2016 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga · 2016 · Ningizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
Five Rand 2017 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2018 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2019 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2019 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2019 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2020 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika · 2020 · Afrika Borwa ·
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Five Rand: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Five Rand, Copper
Five Rand, Bimetallic
Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic)
From1994
Face Value5 (x Rand)
CurrentYes
Material
DesignerArthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
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