Two Rand, Commemorative, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Two Rand, Commemorative, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 2004 - )
Coin TypeTwo Rand, Commemorative

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. The Two Rand coin was initially a gold bullion coin equal to the earlier gold pound, which was itself equal to a British sovereign (minted, among others, at the Pretoria branch of the Royal Mint - now the South African Mint, until 1932).

Nickel-plated copper Two Rand coins started to be issued for regular circulation in 1989. From time to time, the South African Reserve Bank also issues commemorative Two Rand coins such as those listed below.

Note that there are also silver one-ounce coins ("Crowns") denominated as Two Rands.

Obverse

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre; below that in small letters, the designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland).

Above the Coat of Arms, the date [year]. Vertically to left and right, the legend "South Africa" written in two of the eleven official languages of the country. There is a system of rotation whereby the inscriptions alternate each year.

Obverse InscriptionSOUTH AFRICA [year]
Reverse

Various designs as individually described below.

Reverse Inscription2 RAND
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
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Two Rand, Commemorative: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
From2004
Face Value2 (x Rand)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated Copper
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)23
Mass (g)5.5000
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