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. 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. The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. The legend is bilingual, with an annual rotation of the languages (South Africa has eleven official languages, and each year two of them are used on the R5 coin).
In 2004, the denomination changed to this larger bi-metallic coin (with a brass centre and copper-nickel outer ring), retaining the same design with some modifications; the earlier coins were not demonetised and are still legal tender.
|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||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||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||unknown||Coat of Arms of South Africa||Afurika Tshipembe · 2014 · iSewula Afrika ·|
|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||unknown||Coat of Arms of South Africa||South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·|
|Five Rand 2018||unknown||Coat of Arms of South Africa||South Africa · 2018 · 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 ·|
|Five Rand 2021||unknown||Coat of Arms of South Africa||uMzantsi Afrika · 2021 · Suid-Afrika ·|
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