Ten Cents, Nickel, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Ten Cents, Nickel, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1965 - 1989)
Coin TypeTen Cents, Nickel

The South African Ten Cents coin (abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal shilling, retaining its reverse design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Ten Cents was only issued for four years though; in 1965, the Second Decimal Series was introduced, in which the Ten Cents denomination was made of nickel.

The obverse showed a portrait of Jan van Riebeeck until 1969, with the legend in one language only - either English or Afrikaans, with both versions issued every year. It was then changed to have the Coat of Arms of South Africa, with a bilingual legend. The obverse was re-engraved in 1984, so carries a new engraver's signature after that. Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

The denomination changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version in 1990.

Obverse
South Africa / Ten Cents, Nickel - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre, as granted to the Union of South Africa by King George V and later amended by the British College of Arms. It contains representation of the four provinces within the Union.

The Coat of Arms features a shield quartered, each quarter a symbol of one of the four provinces of South Africa. An ox wagon represents Transvaal Province, a woman with an anchor represents Cape Province, two wildebeests represent Natal Province and an orange tree represents the Orange Free State Province. The crest of the arms features a lion holding four bound sticks. The supporters are a springbok and a gemsbok. Below the arms, the Latin motto, EX UNITATE VIRES (translated at first as "Union Is Strength", but from 1961 translated as "Unity Is Strength").

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

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

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / Ten Cents, Nickel - reverse photo

The reverse depicts an aloe plant (Aloe succotrina, or Fynbos aloe). Above, the numeral value 10 (Ten Cents).

At the base of the plant on the left side, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Reverse Inscription 10
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Ten Cents, Nickel - (30) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Ten Cents 1965 (English) 29,210,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
Ten Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) 29,235,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
Ten Cents 1966 (English) 3,710,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
Ten Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) 3,685,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
Ten Cents 1967 (English) 75,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
Ten Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) 50,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (English) 50,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 75,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Ten Cents 1969 (English) 570,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
Ten Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) 558,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
Ten Cents 1970 7,608,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1970 *
Ten Cents 1971 6,452,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1971 *
Ten Cents 1972 10,038,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1972 *
Ten Cents 1973 1,771,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1973 *
Ten Cents 1974 9,912,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1974 *
Ten Cents 1975 13,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1975 *
Ten Cents 1976 Fouché 31,007,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1976 *
Ten Cents 1977 28,870,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1977 *
Ten Cents 1978 25,027,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1978 *
Ten Cents 1979 Diederichs 5,059,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1979 *
Ten Cents 1980 5,055,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1980 *
Ten Cents 1981 9,614,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1981 *
Ten Cents 1982 Vorster 15,818,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1982 *
Ten Cents 1983 26,509,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1983 *
Ten Cents 1984 35,476,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1984 *
Ten Cents 1985 29,279,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1985 *
Ten Cents 1986 24,487,100 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1986 *
Ten Cents 1987 43,240,781 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1987 *
Ten Cents 1988 48,274,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1988 *
Ten Cents 1989 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1989 *
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Ten Cents, Nickel: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-type ofTen Cents
From1965
To1989
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialNickel
DesignerTommy Sasseen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.700 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass4.000 g