Two Rand, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Two Rand, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1989 - )
Coin TypeTwo Rand

The Rand currency was introduced in the then Union of South Africa on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. At that time, the Two Rand (abbreviated as R2) was a gold bullion coin equal to the earlier gold pound, which was itself equal to a British sovereign. These were not regular circulating coins though, and were discontinued after 1983, while the denomination was served by a banknote in everyday life.

With the Third Decimal Series, the current format of the Two Rand circulating coin was introduced in 1989 - as a small nickel-clad copper coin similar in appearance to the new small One Rand.

The obverse displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. This was the old (1910) Coat of Arms until 2000, then was updated to the current symbol. The legend is bilingual (except between 1996 and 2001, and on some commemoratives), with an annual rotation of the languages instituted after 2001. The regular reverse shows a Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) - a native animal of South Africa. Occasionally, circulating commemorative R2 coins are also issued, with different reverses.

Obverse
South Africa / Two Rand - obverse photo

Within a recessed square with rounded corners, 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").

Below the Coat of Arms, on the left side, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

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

Below, the date of issue: [year].

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

Within a recessed square with rounded corners, the reverse shows a Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), known as the “King of the Antelope” because of its magnificent horns.

Above right, the value and denomination 2 RAND.

In the lower right, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Reverse Inscription 2 RAND
EdgeMilled interrupted, in five sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Note that some Crown-sized (one-ounce silver) bullion coins are also denominated with R2 face value.

Coin Type: Two Rand - (42) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Rand 1989 South Africa / Two Rand 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1989 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 65,246,000
Two Rand 1990 South Africa / Two Rand 1990 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1990 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 70,677,230
Two Rand 1991 South Africa / Two Rand 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1991 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 39,270,000
Two Rand 1992 South Africa / Two Rand 1992 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,140,087
Two Rand 1993 South Africa / Two Rand 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1993 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 110,692
Two Rand 1994 South Africa / Two Rand 1994 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,006,590
Two Rand 1995 South Africa / Two Rand 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1995 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,227,293
Two Rand 1996 South Africa / Two Rand 1996 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 139,503
Two Rand 1997 South Africa / Two Rand 1997 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,815,111
Two Rand 1998 South Africa / Two Rand 1998 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 7,387,538
Two Rand 1999 South Africa / Two Rand 1999 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 1999 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,809,299
Two Rand 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Two Rand 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2000 (Old CoA) - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 19,011,470
Two Rand 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Two Rand 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 19,000,000
Two Rand 2001 South Africa / Two Rand 2001 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,603,678
Two Rand 2002 South Africa / Two Rand 2002 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2002 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 12,003,250
Two Rand 2003 South Africa / Two Rand 2003 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2003 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,002,909
Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom South Africa / Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2004 South Africa / Two Rand 2004 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2004 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2005 South Africa / Two Rand 2005 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,501,944
Two Rand 2006 South Africa / Two Rand 2006 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,041,637
Two Rand 2007 South Africa / Two Rand 2007 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 32,581,280
Two Rand 2008 South Africa / Two Rand 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2008 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 48,061,563
Two Rand 2009 South Africa / Two Rand 2009 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 12,600,000
Two Rand 2010 South Africa / Two Rand 2010 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2010 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,000,000
Two Rand 2011 South Africa / Two Rand 2011 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2012 South Africa / Two Rand 2012 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2013 Union Buildings South Africa / Two Rand 2013 Union Buildings - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2013 Union Buildings - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2013 South Africa / Two Rand 2013 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2013 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2014 South Africa / Two Rand 2014 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2014 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2014 Union Buildings South Africa / Two Rand 2014 Union Buildings - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2014 Union Buildings - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2015 South Africa / Two Rand 2015 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2016 South Africa / Two Rand 2016 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2017 South Africa / Two Rand 2017 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2018 South Africa / Two Rand 2018 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 Children’s Rights South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Children’s Rights - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Children’s Rights - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 Right to Education South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Right to Education - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Right to Education - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 Environmental Rights South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Environmental Rights - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Environmental Rights - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Movement and Residence South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Movement and Residence - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Movement and Residence - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated Copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2019 South Africa / Two Rand 2019 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2020 South Africa / Two Rand 2020 - reverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Two Rand 2021 South Africa / Two Rand 2021 - reverse photo South Africa / Two Rand 2021 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated copper
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Two Rand: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Two Rand, Commemorative
From1989
Face Value2 (x Rand)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated copper
DesignerArthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.000 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass5.500 g