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; it was replaced by a smaller bronze type in 1965 which was issued until 1989. After that, an even smaller copper-plated steel version was introduced in 1990 and issued until 2001.
The steel coins have a revised reverse with the same theme (two sparrows on a branch) and a revised obverse showing a re-engraved Coat of Arms of South Africa; the legend was bilingual (English and Afrikaans) from 1990 to 1995, then one language only - Zulu in 1996, Ndebele 1997 to 2001. The obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms of the country in 2001, which was the last year of issue. On 28th March 2002 the South African Reserve Bank announced that it will cease the distribution for circulation of one and two cent coins as of 31st March 2002, citing high production costs - saying that it costs approximately 9 cents to produce a 1 cent South African coin and approximately 11 cents to produce a 2 cent South African coin.
The coins have not been formally demonetised though and are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.
|One Cent 1990||149,022,460||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990|
|One Cent 1991||379,026,800||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991|
|One Cent 1992||213,025,347||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992|
|One Cent 1993||178,018,692||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993|
|One Cent 1994||239,006,586||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994|
|One Cent 1995||257,014,293||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995|
|One Cent 1996||255,016,503||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1996|
|One Cent 1997||428,011,111||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||ISEWULA AFRIKA 1997|
|One Cent 1998||548,007,538||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||ISEWULA AFRIKA 1998|
|One Cent 1999||370,009,299||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||ISEWULA AFRIKA 1999|
|One Cent 2000 (Old CoA)||587,011,470||Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910||ISEWULA AFRIKA 2000|
|One Cent 2000 (New CoA)||587,000,000||Coat of Arms of South Africa||ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001|
|One Cent 2001||604,003,678||Coat of Arms of South Africa||ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001|
|Sub-type of||One Cent|
|Face Value||1 (x Cent)|
|Current||No; withdrawn 2002|
|Designer||William Lumley, Arthur Sutherland|
|Orientation||Medal Alignment (Axis 0)|
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