|Coin||Fifty Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy|
This coin was issued as part of the SA25 coin series celebrating 25 years of democracy in South Africa.
The South African Mint says about the series:
"2019 marks a monumental 25 years of Constitutional Democracy for the nation of South Africa. To reinvigorate national pride, the South African Mint released the SA25 themed coin range under the series Celebrating South Africa. South Africans were consulted on their interpretation of democracy and freedom and shared the symbols that they associate with these values. This commemorative coin range was then developed, giving everyone an opportunity to reflect on our diverse identity as a country.
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is the supreme law, with the Bill of Rights being the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in the country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. After deliberating with South Africans from all walks of life and from all backgrounds who were born during this time, it was decided that this commemorative coin range would portray some of these rights as contained in the Bill of Rights."
The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, dividing the date 2020, 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.
The reverse of the coin bears two hands and fingers intertwined as a symbol of unity between the people of the South African nation. The phrase WE THE PEOPLE - inscribed centrally - has become a commonly known global phrase, extolling democracy, the establishment of justice and the striving for an ethos of equality.
This coin was designed by artist Peter Mammes who wanted to depict the ethnicity, diversity and an ethos of equality of the people of the nation. His creation engenders a sense of "ubuntu" and celebrates our togetherness as a people.
Around above right, the inscription 25 YEARS OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY. Horizontally below right, the face value and denomination R50 (Fifty Rand).
The typography of the inscription, designed by G Walker, unifies the reverses of all coins of the series.
Around left, the composition of the coin: Cu Al Ni (the chemical symbols for copper, aluminium and nickel).
||25 YEARS OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY R50 Cu Al Ni
Mintage limited to 25,000 individual coins (Part-No CA9-PC-SA2519, issue price: R 195) plus 2,250 in a 8-coin set and 225 coins in a 9-coin set.
About the coin creators, the South African Mint says the following:
"Durban-based artist and reverse typographer, Garth Walker, whose interest lies in asking “what makes me African - and what does that look like?” got his start as a graphic designer in the mid-1970s. Today, he is the proud founder of two established design studios and his work is represented in esteemed collections, galleries, universities and libraries across the globe - from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to The Smithsonian. In 1995 he self-published his experimental studio magazine iJusi, and he continues to publish work in numerous books and magazines today. Walker is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale, British D&AD and a Life Member of The Type Directors Club (NY)."
"Johannesburg resident, Peter Mammes began drawing as a young child and matriculated in 2004 from the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein. As a young artist, he always expressed an interest in the macabre and absurd. Mammes may work for several months at a time in different locations in order to assimilate the culture and surroundings of a particular society - first in Moscow, Russia and more recently in Varanasi, India.
He currently uses his artwork to pose questions about the construction of the narratives of power and authority. His inspiration focuses on the intersection of individual and national identity and the suppression and celebration of the ugly and unacceptable. "
|Issued in Set|
|2019 Celebrating South Africa 25 Years Constitution Democracy 9 Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 225
9 coins: R500 Gold Ounce, R50 Silver Ounce, R50 Bronze Ounce, R5 Constitutional Democracy, R2 Children’s Rights, R2 Right to Education, R2 Environmental Rights, R2 Freedom of Movement and Residence, R2 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion
|2019 Celebrating South Africa 25 Years Constitution Democracy 8 Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 2,250
8 coins: R50 Silver Ounce, R50 Bronze Ounce, R5 Constitutional Democracy, R2 Children’s Rights, R2 Right to Education, R2 Environmental Rights, R2 Freedom of Movement and Residence, R2 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion