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 - (39) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Rand 1994 Presidential Inauguration South Africa / Five Rand 1994 Presidential Inauguration - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 1994 Presidential Inauguration - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,105,000
Five Rand 1994 South Africa / Five Rand 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 1994 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 45,224,590
Five Rand 1995 South Africa / Five Rand 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 1995 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 41,252,293
Five Rand 1996 South Africa / Five Rand 1996 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 15,451,503
Five Rand 1997 South Africa / Five Rand 1997 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,287,111
Five Rand 1998 South Africa / Five Rand 1998 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,159,538
Five Rand 1999 South Africa / Five Rand 1999 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,809,299
Five Rand 2000 Mandela South Africa / Five Rand 2000 Mandela - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2000 Mandela - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,240,000
Five Rand 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Five Rand 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2000 (Old CoA) - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,011,470
Five Rand 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Five Rand 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,200,000
Five Rand 2001 South Africa / Five Rand 2001 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,004,457
Five Rand 2002 South Africa / Five Rand 2002 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,003,356
Five Rand 2003 South Africa / Five Rand 2003 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2004 South Africa / Five Rand 2004 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2004 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 31,103,178
Five Rand 2005 South Africa / Five Rand 2005 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2005 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,586,941
Five Rand 2006 South Africa / Five Rand 2006 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2006 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 14,002,594
Five Rand 2007 South Africa / Five Rand 2007 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2007 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 11,763,634
Five Rand 2008 South Africa / Five Rand 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2008 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 14,092,553
Five Rand 2008 Nelson Mandela South Africa / Five Rand 2008 Nelson Mandela - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2008 Nelson Mandela - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 22,106,000
Five Rand 2009 South Africa / Five Rand 2009 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 11,178,000
Five Rand 2010 South Africa / Five Rand 2010 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2010 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,065,563
Five Rand 2011 South Africa / Five Rand 2011 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2011 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2011 Anniversary of SARB South Africa / Five Rand 2011 Anniversary of SARB - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2011 Anniversary of SARB - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,000,000
Five Rand 2012 South Africa / Five Rand 2012 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2013 South Africa / Five Rand 2013 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2014 South Africa / Five Rand 2014 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2014 Twenty Years of Freedom South Africa / Five Rand 2014 Twenty Years of Freedom - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2014 Twenty Years of Freedom - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2015 South Africa / Five Rand 2015 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town South Africa / Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2016 South Africa / Five Rand 2016 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2017 South Africa / Five Rand 2017 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2018 South Africa / Five Rand 2018 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary South Africa / Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2019 South Africa / Five Rand 2019 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy South Africa / Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2020 South Africa / Five Rand 2020 - reverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2021 South Africa / Five Rand 2021 - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2021 - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Five Rand 2021 Centenary of SARB South Africa / Five Rand 2021 Centenary of SARB - reverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2021 Centenary of SARB - obverse photo Material: Bimetallic
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Advertising
Buy American Gold Eagle Coins
Buy American Gold Eagle Coins
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