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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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)
Size (mm)26
Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)9.5000
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-XVBX-EYPL
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R5 Commemorative Circulation Coin 2018
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Notes: Pre-release drawing explaining the coin.
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