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

Ten Cents, Silver, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - 1964)
Coin TypeTen Cents, Silver

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(abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012.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.

This first 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; this was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version in 1990.

South Africa / Ten Cents, Silver - obverse photo

The obverse 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 (for Willie Myburg) are incuse on the shoulder truncation.

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

South Africa / Ten Cents, Silver - reverse photo

The reverse design continues the original design of the pre-decimal shilling, with a small modification. It depicts a standing female figure, her right arm resting on a large anchor, with sea waves in the background; unlike the shilling, there is no star to the right of the figure. Between her flowing robes and the waves, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Above, the date of issue: + [year] +.

Around left and around right, respectively the legend SUID-AFRIKA in Afrikaans and SOUTH AFRICA in English.

Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 10 c. * (Ten Cents).

Reverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA + [year] + SUID-AFRIKA * 10 c. *
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The likeness on the obverse of the coin is based on a portrait painted by Dirck Craey which is now in the possession of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum; it is now thought that the painting was actually of another Dutchman named Bartholomeus Vermuyden, and not of Jan van Riebeeck.

Note that there are also half-ounce silver bullion coins denominated as 10 cents in face value.

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Ten Cents, Silver: Details
CountrySouth Africa
Sub-type ofTen Cents
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1965
Material0.500 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray, Willie Myburg
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.7000 mm
Thickness1.8000 mm
Mass5.6600 g