Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary, Coin from South Africa
CoinFive Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary

The Rand currency was introduced in the then Union of South Africa on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. The largest circulating coin at the time was fifty cents; gradually, new coins were introduced to replace banknotes, with the highest circulating denomination now being Five Rand (abbreviated as R5). The Five Rand coin is bimetallic, with a brass centre and a copper-nickel outer ring. The edge has a "security groove" and lettering repeated ten times around the coin: SARB R5 (SARB for the South African Reserve Bank, which is the issuer of the coin, and R5 as abbreviation of the value).

From time to time, the South African Mint issues commemorative designs in the denomination, to mark special occasions.

This coin was issued as part of the 2017 Celebrating South Africa coin series, which celebrates milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture.

The mint says:
"In 2017, the South African Mint introduced the theme of Celebrating South Africa. Fittingly, the same year marks the centenary of the birth, on 27 October 1917, of Oliver Reginald Tambo. This product series commemorates his legacy by depicting the roles he played at various stages of his life and political career in securing a free, democratic and culturally dynamic South Africa

"Comrade OR", as he was affectionately known, was a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League and between 1944 and his untimely passing in 1993, took on various leadership roles in the party including General Secretary, National Chairperson, Deputy President and President.

Although "Comrade OR" did not fully experience the liberated and democratic dispensation we now enjoy, he spent the better part of his life standing up for those very ideals - for this, his legacy lives on.

The series consists of a 1 oz pure-gold R500 proof coin, a 1 oz sterling-silver R50 proof coin, a base-metal R50 non-circulating legal tender coin and R5 commemorative circulation coin."

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa in the central (brass) circle; below that in small letters, the designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland).

Around the outer ring of the coin, divided by the date · 2017 ·, is the legend "South Africa" written in two of the eleven official languages of the country: South Africa · Afrika-Dzonga - in English and Tsonga respectively.

Obverse Inscription South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
Reverse
South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin bears the "Order of the Companions of OR Tambo", which was instituted in 2002 to honour international heads of state and eminent people for their friendship to South Africa. The elements of the Order - a neck badge and a walking stick - feature prominently in the design, resoundingly acknowledging his contribution to the struggle for equality and inclusiveness.

The symbols reflected on the coin include the Majola (mole snake) which, according to African mythology, embodies friendship, protection and active support. The walking stick signifies support and commitment; and the universal yin and yang symbol suggests a meeting point for diverse spiritual energies.

Above the symbols, the value and denomination R 5 (Five Rand). Around left in the inner circle. O.R. TAMBO; around right, the anniversary dates 1917 - 2017. Below right in small letters, the initials of the die-sinker CM (for C Moses).

Around above the outer ring of the coin, the inscription: ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF O. R. TAMBO.

The abbreviation SARB (South African Reserve Bank, the issuer of the coin) is repeated 17 times as an ornament in microtext around below.

Reverse Inscription ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF O. R. TAMBO R5 OLIVER REGINALD TAMBO 1917 - 2017 O.R. TAMBO
EdgeSecurity Groove with LetteringEdge InscriptionSARB R5 (repeated ten times)
Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Images South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary / Proof - obverse photo South Africa / Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Issued in the mint sets only, not individually.

In Sets 2017 OR Tambo Prestige Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 1 oz Gold OR Tambo Centenary, 1 oz Silver OR Tambo Centenary, R50 OR Tambo Centenary, R5 OR Tambo Centenary

2017 OR Tambo Three Coin Set, mintage unknown
3 coins: 1 oz Silver OR Tambo Centenary, R50 OR Tambo Centenary, R5 OR Tambo Centenary
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Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFive Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic)
Issued2017
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value5 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)26
Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)9.5000
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VQVQ-OXJL
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Commemorative R5 Proof 2017 OR Tambo
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Commemorative R5 Proof 2017 OR Tambo
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