One Cent 1997, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

One Cent 1997, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 2002)
CoinOne Cent 1997

The South African One Cent coin (abbreviated as 1c) was the second 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 one cent approximately replaced the earlier penny coin, which was the most popular denomination of the South African Pound.

The first type of One Cent coins was made of brass; it was replaced by a smaller bronze type in 1965 which was issued until 1989. After that, an even smaller copper-plated steel version was introduced in 1990 and issued until 2001.

The steel coins have a revised reverse with the same theme (two sparrows on a branch) and a revised obverse showing a re-engraved Coat of Arms of South Africa; the legend was bilingual (English and Afrikaans) from 1990 to 1995, then one language only - Zulu in 1996, Ndebele 1997 to 2001. The obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms of the country in 2001, which was the last year of issue.

On 28th March 2002 the South African Reserve Bank announced that it will cease the distribution for circulation of one and two cent coins as of 31st March 2002. The coins have not been formally demonetised though and are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.

Thus, 1c coins issued in 1997 circulated for only five years until they withdrawn from circulation.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage428,011,111 (428.0 million)
Obverse

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below the Coat of Arms, on the left-hand side, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Around above, the name of the country in Ndebele: ISEWULA AFRIKA.

Below, the date of issue: 1997.

Obverse Inscription ISEWULA AFRIKA 1997
Reverse
South Africa / One Cent 1997 - reverse photo

The reverse shows at its centre two Cape sparrows (Passer melanurus) on a branch. Below the bird on the left, in small letters the initials of the designer WL (for William Lumley).

At centre, the value and denomination 1c (one cent).

Reverse Inscription 1c
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
One Cent 1997: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 7,515 (included in total)
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 3,596 (included in total)
All (47) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: One Cent
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
One Cent 1961 52,273,530 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
One Cent 1962 21,932,844 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
One Cent 1963 9,085,025 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
One Cent 1964 14,281,000 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
One Cent 1965 (English) 51,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
One Cent 1965 (Afrikaans) 1,031 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
One Cent 1966 (English) 50,157,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
One Cent 1966 (Afrikaans) 50,182,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
One Cent 1967 (English) 21,114,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
One Cent 1967 (Afrikaans) 21,139,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
One Cent 1968 Swart (English) 6,025,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
One Cent 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 6,000,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
One Cent 1969 (English) 10,196,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
One Cent 1969 (Afrikaans) 10,208,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
One Cent 1970 37,082,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1970 *
One Cent 1971 34,065,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1971 *
One Cent 1972 35,672,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1972 *
One Cent 1973 35,909,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1973 *
One Cent 1974 54,955,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1974 *
One Cent 1975 63,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1975 *
One Cent 1976 Fouché 91,881,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1976 *
One Cent 1977 72,463,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1977 *
One Cent 1978 70,169,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1978 *
One Cent 1979 Diederichs 63,447,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1979 *
One Cent 1980 63,447,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1980 *
One Cent 1981 63,454,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1981 *
One Cent 1982 Vorster 145,966,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1982 *
One Cent 1983 182,145,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1983 *
One Cent 1984 107,166,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1984 *
One Cent 1985 186,051,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1985 *
One Cent 1986 169,741,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1986 *
One Cent 1987 120,680,781 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1987 *
One Cent 1988 240,279,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1988 *
One Cent 1989 337,812,721 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1989 *
One Cent 1990 149,022,460 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990
One Cent 1991 379,026,800 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991
One Cent 1992 213,025,347 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992
One Cent 1993 178,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993
One Cent 1994 239,006,586 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994
One Cent 1995 257,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995
One Cent 1996 255,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ININGIZIMU AFRIKA 1996
One Cent 1997 428,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ISEWULA AFRIKA 1997
One Cent 1998 548,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ISEWULA AFRIKA 1998
One Cent 1999 370,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ISEWULA AFRIKA 1999
One Cent 2000 (Old CoA) 587,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 ISEWULA AFRIKA 2000
One Cent 2000 (New CoA) 587,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001
One Cent 2001 604,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001
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One Cent 1997: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeOne Cent, Steel
Issued1997
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa, 1910
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage428,000,000 (428.0 million)
Total Mintage428,011,111 (428.0 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2002
MaterialCopper-plated Steel
DesignerWilliam Lumley, Arthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)15
Thickness (mm)1.3000
Mass (g)1.5000
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-VRLN-EJYG
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