Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans), Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans), Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1990)
CoinFive Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans)

The South African Five Cents coin (abbreviated as 5c) was a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal sixpence.

The first version was made of silver and was only issued for four years. In 1965, the Second Decimal Coinage was introduced, in which the Five Cents denomination was made of nickel. This was changed to a larger copper-plated steel version in 1990, issued until 2011 after which time the denomination was discontinued.

Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

5c coins issued in 1968 circulated for 22 years until they were replaced with the steel version.

The 1968 issue commemorates the presidency of Charles Robberts Swart (1894 - 1982) who served as the last Governor General of the Union of South Africa from 1959 to 1961 and the first State President of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,000,000 (6.0 million)
Obverse
South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - obverse photo

The obverse of the 1968 coins displays the portrait of Charles Robberts Swart, South Africa's first president, facing left.

Below the neck truncation, the initials of the designer: T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Around left, the legend SUID-AFRIKA (South Africa, in Afrikaans) and the date of issue 1968.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Reverse
South Africa / Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a Blue Crane bird, looking right. To the right of the bird, the value and denomination 5 c (Five Cents).

Below right, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Reverse Inscription 5 c
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
All (57) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Five Cents
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Cents 1961 1,486,530 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Five Cents 1962 4,191,843 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Five Cents 1963 8,058,025 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Five Cents 1964 3,583,000 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Five Cents 1965 (English) 32,715,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
Five Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) 32,689,999 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
Five Cents 1966 (English) 4,101,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
Five Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) 4,126,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
Five Cents 1967 (English) 4,590,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
Five Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) 4,615,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
Five Cents 1968 Swart (English) 6,025,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 6,000,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Five Cents 1969 (English) 5,020,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
Five Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) 5,032,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
Five Cents 1970 6,662,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1970 *
Five Cents 1971 20,341,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1971 *
Five Cents 1972 3,126,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1972 *
Five Cents 1973 17,103,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1973 *
Five Cents 1974 19,993,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1974 *
Five Cents 1975 22,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1975 *
Five Cents 1976 Fouché 48,991,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA 1976
Five Cents 1977 51,748,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1977 *
Five Cents 1978 30,069,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1978 *
Five Cents 1979 Diederichs 17,550,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1979 *
Five Cents 1980 46,680,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1980 *
Five Cents 1981 40,361,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1981 *
Five Cents 1982 Vorster 47,248,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1982 *
Five Cents 1983 57,501,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1983 *
Five Cents 1984 67,356,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1984 *
Five Cents 1985 57,176,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1985 *
Five Cents 1986 54,233,100 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1986 *
Five Cents 1987 42,791,297 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1987 *
Five Cents 1988 110,171,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1988 *
Five Cents 1989 35,540,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1989 *
Five Cents 1990 106,022,469 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990
Five Cents 1991 74,026,800 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991
Five Cents 1992 120,025,350 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992
Five Cents 1993 90,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993
Five Cents 1994 6,112,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Cents 1995 153,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Five Cents 1996 101,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1996
Five Cents 1997 228,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1997
Five Cents 1998 88,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1998
Five Cents 1999 57,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 1999
Five Cents 2000 (Old CoA) 132,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFRIKA-DZONGA 2000
Five Cents 2000 (New CoA) 132,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFRIKA-DZONGA 2000
Five Cents 2001 82,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFRIKA-DZONGA 2001
Five Cents 2002 210,003,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2002
Five Cents 2003 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2003
Five Cents 2004 534,177,935 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2004
Five Cents 2005 435,009,944 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2005
Five Cents 2006 580,161,637 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2006
Five Cents 2007 653,409,280 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2007
Five Cents 2008 788,417,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2008
Five Cents 2009 920,640,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2009
Five Cents 2010 220,192,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2010
Five Cents 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2011
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Five Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans): Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFive Cents, Nickel
Issued1968
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage6,000,000 (6.0 million)
Total Mintage6,000,000 (6.0 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialNickel
DesignerTommy Sasseen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)17.3500
Thickness (mm)1.6000
Mass (g)2.5000
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-AXNV-OMDY
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