Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela

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 One Rand coin was initially a gold bullion coin equal to the earlier gold half pound, which was itself equal to a British half sovereign (minted, among others, at the Pretoria branch of the Royal Mint - now the South African Mint, until 1932).

Silver One Rand coins started to be issued for regular circulation in 1965 - including some 0.800 silver commemoratives. This was then changed to nickel in 1977, with silver only used for commemorative and collector issues. The commemorative coinage was continued by the sterling silver Protea One Rand series. These coins are made of Sterling Silver (92.5% silver alloyed with 7.5% copper) and are slightly smaller than a half ounce (0.4461 oz ASW, or Absolute Silver Weight).

The coins of the range celebrate various aspects of South Africa's history, culture and nature.

This coin was issued as part of the 2016 Protea - Life of a Legend (Justice) coin series, which continues a series of commemorative coins, "The life of a legend: Nelson Mandela". Introduced in 2013, a different chapter of Mr Mandela’s life is portrayed annually (his childhood in 2013, his education years in 2014 and his arrival and early years in Johannesburg in 2015). In 2016, the series focuses on Nelson Mandela as a young attorney and the concept of justice.

The Freedom Charter, adopted at the Congress of the People held in Kliptown on 26 June 1955, was a statement of core principles which called for democracy and human rights, land reform, labour rights, nationalisation and a non-racial South Africa. Many of the demands listed in the Freedom Charter were included in the 1996 Constitution of South Africa (the charter was commemorated on a silver R1 coin in 2017). The year 2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of the approval of the Constitution.

Nelson Mandela achieved his goal of becoming an independent practising attorney when, in August 1952, he and Oliver Tambo became business partners and opened "Mandela & Tambo Attorneys" in Chancellor House. This was the first African law firm in South Africa and represented clients from all over the country. It was during this time that Mr Mandela became increasingly active within the African National Congress (ANC), fighting segregationist and discriminatory laws. The sterling-silver R1 Protea coin represents the seven fundamental values of the Constitution of South Africa.

The coin was issued in Brilliant Uncirculated and in Proof grade.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2016, features Mr Mandela wearing one of his iconic Madiba shirts, underlined by a wreath made from South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, and the date of issue 2016 divided by the portrait.

Above Mandela's shoulder, the initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa); the design is by L Guerra.

Around above, the legend SOUTH AFRICA.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela - reverse photo

The sterling-silver R1 Protea coin depicts an African Lady Justice holding a balanced scale together with the seven fundamental values of the Constitution of South Africa, inscribed around the rim of the coin: DEMOCRACY RESPONSIBILITY EQUALITY FREEDOM RESPECT DIVERSITY RECONCILIATION.

The value and denomination R 1 (One Rand) are above and to the right of the figure.

Under the scale, the initials of the die-sinker MJS (for MJ Scheepers); the design is by L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription R 1 DEMOCRACY RESPONSIBILITY EQUALITY FREEDOM RESPECT DIVERSITY RECONCILIATION
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual mintage of Brilliant Uncirculated coins was unlimited. SA Mint ref. nr. SIL-UC-R116, issue price R 500.

Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Images South Africa / Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela / Proof - obverse photo South Africa / Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Individual mintage limited to 2,000. SA Mint ref. nr. SIL-PC-R116, issue price R 600.

In Sets 2016 Protea Launch Set - Life of a Legend, mintage unknown, limited to 200
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela

2016 Protea Prestige Set - Life of a Legend, mintage unknown, limited to 800
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela: References to Information Used
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Silver Rand 2016 Nelson Mandela: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeOne Rand, Silver - Protea
Issued2016
Face Value1 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)15
OCC IDAPVZ-EYRC-XLGB-OLMD
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Protea 2016 - Life of a Legend (Justice), NR Mandela: R1 (proof quality, sterling-silver)
Copyright: South African Mint
Notes: Proof.
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Protea 2016 - Life of a Legend (Justice), NR Mandela: R1 (proof quality, sterling-silver)
Copyright: South African Mint
Notes: Proof.
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