|Coin||Fifty 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.
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.
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.
||NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY R50 18 JULY 2018 18 JULY 1918 Cu Al Ni
10,754 individual proof coins in a presentation folder (from limit of 50,000), plus coins in sets.