Twenty Cents, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Twenty Cents, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - )
Coin TypeTwenty Cents

The South African Twenty Cents coin (abbreviated as 20c) is a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal two shillings coin, retaining its design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Twenty Cents was only issued for four years though; in 1965, the Second Decimal Series was introduced, in which the Twenty Cents denomination was made of nickel. This was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version with the Third Decimal Series in 1990.

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

Obverse
South Africa / Twenty Cents - 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 - 1989) 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 left, the name of the country in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA; around left, the name in English: SOUTH AFRICA.

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

With the introduction of the steel version in 1990, the design of the Coat of Arms was slightly revised and the order of the legends was reversed. In 1996, the legend was changed to one language only: AFORIKA BORWA in Tswana.

In 2000, the obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms of the country, and an annual rotation of the language of the legend was introduced.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / Twenty Cents - reverse photo

The first reverse design (1961 - 1964) continues the original reverse of the two shillings coin and shows at its centre the shield of the Coat of Arms of South Africa, without the crest and supporters. The shield is quartered, and each quarter is a symbol of one of the four provinces of South Africa at the time the shield was granted by King George V in 1910. 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.

Below the shield, divided by its tip, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

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

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

Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 20 c. * (Twenty Cents).

The second reverse (1965 - 1989) depicts a Royal Protea, South Africa's national flower, with sprigs. To the left, the numeral value 20 (Twenty Cents).

Below right, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

The third reverse (1990 - present) bears a similar design, but the value and denomination are on the right.

Reverse Inscription 20 c
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Note that there are also some one-ounce silver bullion coins denominated as 20 cents in face value.

Coin Type: Twenty Cents - (68) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Twenty Cents 1961 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1961 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,961,530
Twenty Cents 1962 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1962 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,571,844
Twenty Cents 1963 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1963 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,384,025
Twenty Cents 1964 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1964 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1964 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,351,000
Twenty Cents 1965 (English) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1965 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1965 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,235,000
Twenty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,210,000
Twenty Cents 1966 (English) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1966 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1966 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,049,000
Twenty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,074,000
Twenty Cents 1967 (English) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1967 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 58,000
Twenty Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 83,000
Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Twenty Cents 1969 (English) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1969 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,952
Twenty Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,952
Twenty Cents 1970 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1970 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 24,000
Twenty Cents 1971 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1971 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,905,000
Twenty Cents 1972 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1972 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,079,000
Twenty Cents 1973 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1973 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 31,000
Twenty Cents 1974 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,451,000
Twenty Cents 1975 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,000,000
Twenty Cents 1976 Fouché South Africa / Twenty Cents 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 18,847,000
Twenty Cents 1977 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 30,669,000
Twenty Cents 1978 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,068,000
Twenty Cents 1979 Diederichs South Africa / Twenty Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,047,000
Twenty Cents 1980 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,350,000
Twenty Cents 1981 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1981 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 8,544,000
Twenty Cents 1982 Vorster South Africa / Twenty Cents 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 18,095,000
Twenty Cents 1983 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1983 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 25,681,000
Twenty Cents 1984 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 31,618,000
Twenty Cents 1985 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1985 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1985 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,338,859
Twenty Cents 1986 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1986 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 11,415,100
Twenty Cents 1987 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1987 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1987 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 36,910,781
Twenty Cents 1988 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 43,122,250
Twenty Cents 1989 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 1990 (Nickel) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1990 (Nickel) - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1990 (Nickel) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 98,512,000
Twenty Cents 1990 (Steel) South Africa / Twenty Cents 1990 (Steel) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 44,938
Twenty Cents 1991 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1991 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 53,600
Twenty Cents 1992 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,025,350
Twenty Cents 1993 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 134,018,692
Twenty Cents 1994 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 145,012,590
Twenty Cents 1995 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1995 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 108,014,293
Twenty Cents 1996 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1996 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1996 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 91,016,503
Twenty Cents 1997 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1997 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 116,011,111
Twenty Cents 1998 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1998 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 25,007,538
Twenty Cents 1999 South Africa / Twenty Cents 1999 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 16,009,299
Twenty Cents 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Twenty Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 22,011,470
Twenty Cents 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Twenty Cents 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 22,000,000
Twenty Cents 2001 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2001 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 21,003,678
Twenty Cents 2002 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2002 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 42,003,250
Twenty Cents 2003 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2003 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 2003 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 56,002,909
Twenty Cents 2004 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2004 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 113,031,935
Twenty Cents 2005 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2005 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 57,681,944
Twenty Cents 2006 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2006 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 38,081,637
Twenty Cents 2007 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2007 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 2007 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 139,359,280
Twenty Cents 2008 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 2008 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 251,482,563
Twenty Cents 2009 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2009 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 65,240,000
Twenty Cents 2010 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2010 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 2010 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 125,160,000
Twenty Cents 2011 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2011 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2012 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2012 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2013 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2013 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2014 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2014 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2015 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2015 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2016 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2016 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2017 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2017 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2018 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2018 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2019 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2019 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2020 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2020 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Twenty Cents 2021 South Africa / Twenty Cents 2021 - reverse photo South Africa / Twenty Cents 2021 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Twenty Cents: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Twenty Cents, Silver
Twenty Cents, Nickel
Twenty Cents, Steel
From1961
Face Value20 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass