Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only), Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only), Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1983)
CoinHalf Cent 1976 (mint sets only)

The South African Half Cent coin (abbreviated as ½c) was the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency, which 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 half cent approximately replaced the earlier half penny coin, which was the second-smallest denomination of the South African Pound.

This second type of Half Cent coins was made of bronze and is part of the Second Decimal Coinage of South Africa. It replaced an earlier larger brass type. The coin was only issued until 1973 for circulation and 1983 for collectors, after which time the denomination was discontinued. Coins struck for circulation (1970-1973) were all dated 1970.

There were also three commemorative issues - in 1976, 1979 and 1982 - in which years no coins with the "regular" (Coat of Arms) obverse were struck.

The coins have not been demonetised and are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.

The 1976 issue commemorates the end of the presidency of Jacobus Johannes Fouché (1898 - 1980) who served as the second State President of South Africa from 1968 to 1975.

These coins were struck for the annual mint sets only; none were released into general circulation.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage41,000
Obverse

Instead of the Coat of Arms of South Africa, the obverse of the 1976 coins displays a portrait of Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South Africa's second president, facing right.

Below the neck truncation, the initials of the obverse designer: J.B. (for Jean Baptiste Buisset).

Around left and around right, the bilingual legend reads SOUTH AFRICA in English and SUID-AFRIKA in Afrikaans.

Around below, the date of issue · 1976 ·.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA · 1976 ·
Reverse
South Africa / Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only) - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre two Cape sparrows (Passer melanurus) on a branch. Below the bird on the right, in small letters the initials of the designer TS (for Tommy Sasseen).

Above, the numeral value ½ (half cent).

Reverse Inscription ½
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only): Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 21,000 (included in total)
All (18) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Half Cent
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Half Cent 1961 39,196,530 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Half Cent 1962 17,898,844 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Half Cent 1963 11,615,025 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Half Cent 1964 9,274,000 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Half Cent 1970 45,375,363 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1970 *
Half Cent 1971 (mint sets only) 32,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1971 *
Half Cent 1972 (mint sets only) 30,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1972 *
Half Cent 1973 (mint sets only) 30,850 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1973 *
Half Cent 1974 (mint sets only) 35,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1974 *
Half Cent 1975 (mint sets only) 38,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1975 *
Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only) 41,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA · 1976 ·
Half Cent 1977 (mint sets only) 39,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1977 *
Half Cent 1978 (mint sets only) 37,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1978 *
Half Cent 1979 (mint sets only) 35,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA · 1979 ·
Half Cent 1980 (Proof only) 15,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1980 *
Half Cent 1981 (Proof only) 10,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1981 *
Half Cent 1982 (Proof only) 12,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA · 1982 ·
Half Cent 1983 (Proof only) 14,135 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1983 *
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Half Cent 1976 (mint sets only): Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeHalf Cent, Bronze
Issued1976
Face Value1/2 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage20,000
Total Mintage41,000
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1983
MaterialBronze
DesignerTommy Sasseen, Jean Baptiste Buisset
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.2100
Thickness (mm)1.4700
Mass (g)2
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-AKXR-OYJD
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