One Cent, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

One Cent, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - 2001)
Coin TypeOne Cent

The South African One Cent coin (abbreviated as 1c) was the second smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency, which 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 one cent approximately replaced the earlier penny coin, which was the most popular denomination of the South African Pound.

The first type of One Cent coins was made of brass and was only issued between 1961 and 1964. This was changed to a smaller bronze type in 1965, then an even smaller copper-plated steel version issued until 2001, after which time the denomination was discontinued.

Apart from the regular designs, there were also three commemorative issues with different obverses.

The denomination has not been demonetised and the coins are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.

Obverse
South Africa / One Cent - obverse photo

The first obverse, designed by Willie Myburg and used between 1961 and 1964, features the portrait of Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, known as Jan van Riebeeck (1619-1677), Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town and considered by many people to be the founding father of the South African nation. The designer's initials WM are incuse on the shoulder truncation.

Around left, the motto UNITY IS STRENGTH in English; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in Afrikaans: EENDRAG MAAK MAG.

The second obverse (1965 - 1969), designed by Tommy Sasseen, has a different portrait of Jan van Riebeeck - facing right; the legend is in one language only - either SOUTH AFRICA or SUID-AFRIKA, with both versions issued every year.

The third obverse (1970 - 2002) displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below it and to the right, in small letters the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Around right, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA; around left, the name in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA.

Below, the date of issue: * [year] *.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / One Cent - reverse photo

The first reverse, used between 1961 and 1964, shows at its centre a covered wagon as used by the Voortrekkers (Boer pioneers) as they performed their Great Trek in 1836. On the ground below right, in small letters the initials of the reverse designer HM (for Hilda Mason).

Around left, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA; around right, the name in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA. Above that, the date · [year] ·.

Below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 1 c. * (one cent).

The second reverse design (1965 - 1989) mirrors the reverse of the bronze half cent coin and features two Cape sparrows (Passer melanurus) on a branch. Below the bird on the right, in small letters the initials of the designer TS (for Tommy Sasseen).

Above, the numeral value 1 (one cent).

The last revision was in 1990 when the design, still featuring two sparrows, was simplified.

Reverse Inscription 1 c.
EdgeEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: One Cent - (47) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
One Cent 1961 South Africa / One Cent 1961 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1961 - obverse photo Material: Brass
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 52,273,530
One Cent 1962 South Africa / One Cent 1962 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1962 - obverse photo Material: Brass
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,932,844
One Cent 1963 South Africa / One Cent 1963 - obverse photo Material: Brass
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,085,025
One Cent 1964 South Africa / One Cent 1964 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1964 - obverse photo Material: Brass
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 14,281,000
One Cent 1965 (English) South Africa / One Cent 1965 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1965 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 51,000
One Cent 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / One Cent 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,031
One Cent 1966 (English) South Africa / One Cent 1966 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1966 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 50,157,000
One Cent 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / One Cent 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 50,182,000
One Cent 1967 (English) South Africa / One Cent 1967 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1967 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,114,000
One Cent 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / One Cent 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,139,000
One Cent 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / One Cent 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1968 Swart (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,025,000
One Cent 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / One Cent 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,000,000
One Cent 1969 (English) South Africa / One Cent 1969 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1969 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,196,000
One Cent 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / One Cent 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,208,000
One Cent 1970 South Africa / One Cent 1970 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1970 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 37,082,000
One Cent 1971 South Africa / One Cent 1971 - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 34,065,000
One Cent 1972 South Africa / One Cent 1972 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1972 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,672,000
One Cent 1973 South Africa / One Cent 1973 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1973 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,909,000
One Cent 1974 South Africa / One Cent 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1974 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 54,955,000
One Cent 1975 South Africa / One Cent 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1975 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 63,000,000
One Cent 1976 Fouché South Africa / One Cent 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 91,881,000
One Cent 1977 South Africa / One Cent 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1977 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 72,463,000
One Cent 1978 South Africa / One Cent 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1978 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 70,169,000
One Cent 1979 Diederichs South Africa / One Cent 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 63,447,000
One Cent 1980 South Africa / One Cent 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1980 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 63,447,000
One Cent 1981 South Africa / One Cent 1981 - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 63,454,000
One Cent 1982 Vorster South Africa / One Cent 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 145,966,000
One Cent 1983 South Africa / One Cent 1983 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1983 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 182,145,000
One Cent 1984 South Africa / One Cent 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1984 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 107,166,000
One Cent 1985 South Africa / One Cent 1985 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1985 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 186,051,859
One Cent 1986 South Africa / One Cent 1986 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1986 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 169,741,000
One Cent 1987 South Africa / One Cent 1987 - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 120,680,781
One Cent 1988 South Africa / One Cent 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1988 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 240,279,250
One Cent 1989 South Africa / One Cent 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1989 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 337,812,721
One Cent 1990 South Africa / One Cent 1990 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1990 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 149,022,460
One Cent 1991 South Africa / One Cent 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1991 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 379,026,800
One Cent 1992 South Africa / One Cent 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1992 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 213,025,347
One Cent 1993 South Africa / One Cent 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1993 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 178,018,692
One Cent 1994 South Africa / One Cent 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1994 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 239,006,586
One Cent 1995 South Africa / One Cent 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1995 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 257,014,293
One Cent 1996 South Africa / One Cent 1996 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1996 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 255,016,503
One Cent 1997 South Africa / One Cent 1997 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 428,011,111
One Cent 1998 South Africa / One Cent 1998 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1998 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 548,007,538
One Cent 1999 South Africa / One Cent 1999 - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 1999 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 370,009,299
One Cent 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / One Cent 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo South Africa / One Cent 2000 (Old CoA) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 587,011,470
One Cent 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / One Cent 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 587,000,000
One Cent 2001 South Africa / One Cent 2001 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 604,003,678
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One Cent: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types One Cent, Brass
One Cent, Bronze
One Cent, Steel
From1961
To2001
Face Value1 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2003
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass
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