Fifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Fifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary, Coin from South Africa
CoinFifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary

This coin was issued as part of the 2018 Celebrating South Africa coin series, which celebrates milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture. The first coin series in this theme was the 2017 OR Tambo Centenary range.

2018 marks the centenary since the birth of Nelson Mandela; the coins look back at the remarkable stages of Mandela’s life, and his struggle for justice, human rights, and a free and democratic South Africa.

Note that there we also Nelson Mandela coins in the 2018 Protea coin series.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,700
Obverse
South Africa / Fifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, dividing the date 2018, 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 2018
Reverse
South Africa / Fifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary - reverse photo

This one-ounce silver coin portrays Nelson Mandela as a young and passionate lawyer. In August 1952, he, together with Oliver Tambo, opened the first black-owned law firm in South Africa. Pricing the coin was a conscious tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the Mint's way of paying it forward. To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Mandela, and in remembrance of the 27 long years he spent in prison, R27 of every bronze coin purchased was donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The inscription around the rim of the coin reads NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY (above) and the anniversary dates 18 JULY 1918 and 18 JULY 2018 (below), separated by the value and denomination R50 (Fifty Rand).

Around below right, the composition of the coin: Cu Al Ni (the chemical symbols for copper, aluminium and nickel).

The initials of the die-sinker, PB (for Paul Botes), are inside on Mandela's shoulder, before the Cu in "Cu Al Ni". The reverse artist was S Nyoni.

Reverse Inscription NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY R50 18 JULY 2018 18 JULY 1918 Cu Al Ni
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 50,000 individual proof coins in a presentation folder, plus 200 coins in a 4-coin set and 500 in a 3-coin set.

Issued in Set
2018 Nelson Mandela 3 Coin Set, mintage 500
3 coins: 1 oz Silver Mandela Centenary, R50 Mandela Centenary, R5 Mandela Centenary
2018 Nelson Mandela Prestige Set, mintage unknown, limited to 200
4 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela Centenary, 1 oz Silver Mandela Centenary, R50 Mandela Centenary, R5 Mandela Centenary
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CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFifty Rand (NCLT)
Issued2018
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value50 (x Rand)
Mintage50,700
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerS Nyoni
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.7250
Mass (g)24.4500
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-VARL-EJYG
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Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela R50 2018 (bronze alloy, proof)
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