Two Cents, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Two Cents, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1965 - 2001)
Coin TypeTwo Cents

The South African Two Cents coin (abbreviated as 2c) was a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. Unlike the other denominations, it was not created at decimalisation on 14 February 1961 - there was a 2½ (two and a half cents) coin instead. This was short-lived though and was discontinued only four years later.

When South Africa introduced its Second Decimal Coinage in 1965, there was a Two Cents denomination in it.

The first type of Two Cents was made of bronze and was issued until 1990. This was changed to a smaller copper-plated steel version issued until 2001, after which time the denomination was discontinued.

Apart from the regular designs, there were also four 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 / Two Cents - obverse photo

The first obverse (1965 - 1969), designed by Tommy Sasseen, has a 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 second obverse (1970 - 1999) displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre.

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] *.

After 1996, the legend was changed to one language only: AFURIKA TSHIPEMBE in Venda. The Coat of Arms was updated to the new one in 2000.

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

The first reverse design (1965 - 1990) shows a bucking Wildebeest at its centre. Below right, in small letters the initials of the designer JvZ (for Jan van Zyl).

Below, the numeral value 2 (two cents).

Reverse Inscription 2c
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Cents - (44) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Cents 1965 (English) South Africa / Two Cents 1965 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1965 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,887,000
Two Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Two Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,912,000
Two Cents 1966 (English) South Africa / Two Cents 1966 (English) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,292,000
Two Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Two Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,267,000
Two Cents 1967 (English) South Africa / Two Cents 1967 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1967 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 11,887,000
Two Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Two Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 11,862,000
Two Cents 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / Two Cents 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,500,000
Two Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / Two Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,550,000
Two Cents 1969 (English) South Africa / Two Cents 1969 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1969 (English) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,829,000
Two Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Two Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,817,000
Two Cents 1970 South Africa / Two Cents 1970 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,227,000
Two Cents 1971 South Africa / Two Cents 1971 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 24,105,000
Two Cents 1972 South Africa / Two Cents 1972 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 7,314,000
Two Cents 1973 South Africa / Two Cents 1973 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 18,696,000
Two Cents 1974 South Africa / Two Cents 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 25,316,000
Two Cents 1975 South Africa / Two Cents 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 25,000,000
Two Cents 1976 Fouché South Africa / Two Cents 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 51,495,000
Two Cents 1977 South Africa / Two Cents 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 45,135,000
Two Cents 1978 South Africa / Two Cents 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 50,544,000
Two Cents 1979 Diederichs South Africa / Two Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 40,058,000
Two Cents 1980 South Africa / Two Cents 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 37,810,000
Two Cents 1981 South Africa / Two Cents 1981 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 79,360,000
Two Cents 1982 Vorster South Africa / Two Cents 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 53,974,000
Two Cents 1983 South Africa / Two Cents 1983 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 112,589,000
Two Cents 1984 South Africa / Two Cents 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 101,508,000
Two Cents 1985 South Africa / Two Cents 1985 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1985 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 102,717,859
Two Cents 1986 South Africa / Two Cents 1986 - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 683,301,100
Two Cents 1987 South Africa / Two Cents 1987 - reverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 104,987,781
Two Cents 1988 South Africa / Two Cents 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 182,043,250
Two Cents 1989 South Africa / Two Cents 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 213,638,721
Two Cents 1990 (Bronze) South Africa / Two Cents 1990 (Bronze) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1990 (Bronze) - obverse photo Material: Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 215,192,000
Two Cents 1990 (Steel) South Africa / Two Cents 1990 (Steel) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 44,938
Two Cents 1991 South Africa / Two Cents 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1991 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 133,026,800
Two Cents 1992 South Africa / Two Cents 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 215,025,350
Two Cents 1993 South Africa / Two Cents 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 160,018,692
Two Cents 1994 South Africa / Two Cents 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 108,012,590
Two Cents 1995 South Africa / Two Cents 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1995 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 198,014,293
Two Cents 1996 South Africa / Two Cents 1996 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 305,016,503
Two Cents 1997 South Africa / Two Cents 1997 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 158,011,111
Two Cents 1998 South Africa / Two Cents 1998 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 282,007,538
Two Cents 1999 South Africa / Two Cents 1999 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 166,009,299
Two Cents 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Two Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 263,011,470
Two Cents 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Two Cents 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 263,000,000
Two Cents 2001 South Africa / Two Cents 2001 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Cents 2001 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 276,003,678
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Two Cents: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Two Cents, Bronze
Two Cents, Steel
From1965
To2001
Face Value2 (x Cent)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2003
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass