Five Cents 1988, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Five Cents 1988, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1990)
CoinFive Cents 1988

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 1988 circulated for only two years until they were replaced with the steel version.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage110,171,250 (110.2 million)
Obverse
South Africa / Five Cents 1988 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre, as granted to the Union of South Africa by King George V and later amended by the British College of Arms. It contains representation of the four provinces within the Union.

The Coat of Arms features a shield quartered, each quarter a symbol of one of the four provinces of South Africa. An ox wagon represents Transvaal Province, a woman with an anchor represents Cape Province, two wildebeests represent Natal Province and an orange tree represents the Orange Free State Province. The crest of the arms features a lion holding four bound sticks. The supporters are a springbok and a gemsbok. Below the arms, the Latin motto, EX UNITATE VIRES (translated at first as "Union Is Strength", but from 1961 translated as "Unity Is Strength").

Around left, the name of the country in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA; around right, the name in English: SOUTH AFRICA.

Below, the date of issue: * 1988 *.

Below the Coat of Arms on the left side, in small letters the initials of the designer ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1988 *
Reverse
South Africa / Five Cents 1988 - 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
Five Cents 1988: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 7,250 (included in total)
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 1988: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFive Cents, Nickel
Issued1988
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa, 1910
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage110,164,000 (110.2 million)
Total Mintage110,171,250 (110.2 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialNickel
DesignerTommy Sasseen, Arthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)17.3500
Thickness (mm)1.6000
Mass (g)2.5000
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LDMW-EMPX
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