Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary, Coin from South Africa
CoinFifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary

This coin was issued as part of the 2017 Celebrating South Africa coin series, which celebrates milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture.

The mint says:
"In 2017, the South African Mint introduced the theme of Celebrating South Africa. Fittingly, the same year marks the centenary of the birth, on 27 October 1917, of Oliver Reginald Tambo. This product series commemorates his legacy by depicting the roles he played at various stages of his life and political career in securing a free, democratic and culturally dynamic South Africa

"Comrade OR", as he was affectionately known, was a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League and between 1944 and his untimely passing in 1993, took on various leadership roles in the party including General Secretary, National Chairperson, Deputy President and President.

Although "Comrade OR" did not fully experience the liberated and democratic dispensation we now enjoy, he spent the better part of his life standing up for those very ideals - for this, his legacy lives on.

The series consists of a 1 oz pure-gold R500 proof coin, a 1 oz sterling-silver R50 proof coin, a base-metal R50 non-circulating legal tender coin and R5 commemorative circulation coin.

The R50 OR Tambo base metal coin is the first non-circulating, collectable legal tender coin made from base metal."

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, dividing the date 2017, with the legend SOUTH AFRICA written around in all the eleven official languages of the country:
Ningizimu Afrika in Zulu,
Aforika Borwa in Tswana,
Afurika Tshipembe in Venda,
Afrika Borwa in Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho,
South Africa in English,
iSewula Afrika in Southern Ndebele,
uMzantsi Afrika in Xhosa,
iNingizimu Afrika in Swazi,
Suid-Afrika in Afrikaans, and
Afrika-Dzonga in Tsonga.

The designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland) are to the left of the Coat of Arms.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Reverse
South Africa / Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - reverse photo

This one-ounce bronze coin features a stylised interpretation of Oliver Tambo.

Around the rim of the coin, his full name and the anniversary dates: OLIVER REGINALD TAMBO 1917 - 2017.

The value and denomination R50 (Fifty Rand) are below the portrait.

Reverse Inscription R50 OLIVER REGINALD TAMBO 1917 - 2017
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coins were issued individually boxed (issue price: R 250), or in sets.

Issued in Set
2017 OR Tambo Prestige Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 1 oz Gold OR Tambo Centenary, 1 oz Silver OR Tambo Centenary, R50 OR Tambo Centenary, R5 OR Tambo Centenary
2017 OR Tambo Three Coin Set, mintage unknown
3 coins: 1 oz Silver OR Tambo Centenary, R50 OR Tambo Centenary, R5 OR Tambo Centenary
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Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFifty Rand (NCLT)
Issued2017
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value50 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.7250
Mass (g)24.4500
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LKLY-OXGL
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