Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary, Coin from South Africa
CoinFive Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela 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 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; this one marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.

The coins of the 2018 series - of which this circulating commemorative Five Rand coin is central - 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.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela 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 · 2018 ·, is the legend "South Africa" written in two of the eleven official languages of the country: South Africa · Aforika Borwa - in English and Tswana respectively.

Obverse Inscription South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
Reverse
South Africa / Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows in the central circle the portrait of a smiling Nelson Mandela facing half left - specially chosen to complement the earlier two R5 circulation coins issued in 2000 after Nelson Mandela’s presidential term and in 2008 following his 90th birthday.

Around above in the outer ring of the coin, the inscription NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY. The anniversary dates 1918 and 2018 are overlaid on each other (in opposite directions) vertically to the left of the portrait, with a hologram effect.

Below, the value and denomination 5 RAND (Five Rand).

The abbreviation SARB (South African Reserve Bank, the issuer of the coin) and the value and denomination FIVE RAND are repeated as an ornament in microtext around below left right.

The reverse designer is by L Guerra; the die-sinker (engraver) is MJ Scheepers.

Reverse Inscription 5 RAND NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY 1918 2018
EdgeSecurity Groove with LetteringEdge InscriptionSARB R5 (repeated ten times)
Notes

The coin was released into circulation in July 2018, the month in which Mandela was born. The proof version was only available in sets, not separately.

Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 700
Details

Issued in the mint sets only, not individually.

In Sets 2018 Nelson Mandela 3 Coin Set, mintage 500
3 coins: 1 oz Silver Mandela Centenary, R50 Mandela Centenary, R5 Mandela Centenary

2018 Nelson Mandela Prestige Set, mintage unknown, limited to 200
4 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela Centenary, 1 oz Silver Mandela Centenary, R50 Mandela Centenary, R5 Mandela Centenary
Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary: References to Information Used
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All (39) coins of type: Five Rand
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Rand 1994 Presidential Inauguration 10,105,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Rand 1994 45,224,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Five Rand 1995 41,252,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Five Rand 1996 15,451,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1996
Five Rand 1997 1,287,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1997
Five Rand 1998 1,159,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1998
Five Rand 1999 8,809,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1999
Five Rand 2000 Mandela 6,240,000 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2000
Five Rand 2000 (Old CoA) 1,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2000
Five Rand 2000 (New CoA) 6,200,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2001
Five Rand 2001 2,004,457 Coat of Arms of South Africa ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 2001
Five Rand 2002 1,003,356 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2002 iSewula Afrika
Five Rand 2003 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2003 Ningizimu Afrika
Five Rand 2004 31,103,178 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga · 2004 · Ningizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2005 35,586,941 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Dzonga · 2005 · South Africa ·
Five Rand 2006 14,002,594 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2006 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2007 11,763,634 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa · 2007 · Afrika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2008 14,092,553 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2008 · Suid-Afrika ·
Five Rand 2008 Nelson Mandela 22,106,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2008 · Suid-Afrika ·
Five Rand 2009 11,178,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika · 2009 · uMzantsi Afrika ·
Five Rand 2010 8,065,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika · 2010 · iNingizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2011 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2011 Anniversary of SARB 5,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2011 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2012 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika · 2012 · uMzantsi Afrika ·
Five Rand 2013 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika · 2013 · iNingizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2014 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe · 2014 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2014 Twenty Years of Freedom unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe · 2014 · iSewula Afrika ·
Five Rand 2015 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika · 2015 · Afurika Tshipembe ·
Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Five Rand 2016 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga · 2016 · Ningizimu Afrika ·
Five Rand 2017 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
Five Rand 2018 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2019 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2019 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa · 2019 · Aforika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2020 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika · 2020 · Afrika Borwa ·
Five Rand 2021 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika · 2021 · Suid-Afrika ·
Five Rand 2021 Centenary of SARB unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika · 2021 · Suid-Afrika ·
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Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeFive Rand, Commemorative (Bimetallic)
Issued2018
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value5 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size26.000 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass9.500 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-XVBX-EYPL
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