Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic), Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic), Coin Type from South Africa (issued 2004 - )
Coin TypeFive Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic)

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 Five Rand coin is bimetallic, with a brass centre and a copper-nickel outer ring. The edge has a "security groove" and lettering repeated ten times around the coin: SARB R5 (SARB for the South African Reserve Bank, which is the issuer of the coin, and R5 as abbreviation of the value).

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

South Africa / Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic) - 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 to the left of the Coat of Arms.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA · [year] ·
South Africa / Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic) - reverse photo

Various designs as individually described below.

Reverse Inscription 5 RAND
EdgeSecurity Groove with LetteringEdge InscriptionSARB R5 (repeated ten times)
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Five Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic): Details
CountrySouth Africa
Sub-type ofFive Rand
Face Value5 (x Rand)
DesignerArthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size26.000 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass9.500 g