Silver Rand 2017 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Rand 2017 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Rand 2017 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 2017 Protea - Nelson Mandela's Freedom Struggle coin series, which continues a series of commemorative coins.

The "Life of a Legend - Nelson Mandela" Protea series was introduced in 2013, representing a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue. The 2017 edition of the series focuses on Mr Mandela’s contribution to the African National Congress (ANC) and the resistance movement in South Africa, and on his life sentencing at the Rivonia Trial.

Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2017 Nelson Mandela - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2017, 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 2017 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 2017
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2017 Nelson Mandela - reverse photo

The sterling-silver R1 represents the Freedom Charter, a historic document accepted at the Congress of the People in Kliptown on 26 June 1955. The design features the ten demands representing the people’s hopes and aspirations for a "new" South Africa:

THE PEOPLE SHALL GOVERN!, ALL NATIONAL GROUPS SHALL HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS!, THE PEOPLE SHALL SHARE IN THE COUNTRY'S WEALTH!, THE LAND SHALL BE SHARED AMONG THOSE WHO WORK IT!, ALL SHALL BE EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW!, ALL SHALL ENJOY EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS!, THERE SHALL BE WORK AND SECURITY!, THE DOORS OF LEARNING AND OF CULTURE SHALL BE OPENED!, THERE SHALL BE HOUSES, SECURITY AND COMFORT!, and THERE SHALL BE PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP!.

The inscription is in three concentric lines around the centre. Around below, FREEDOM CHARTER - KLIPTOWN, 26 JUNE 1955.

The group of people featured on the coin represents the approximately 3,000 delegates present at the Congress of the People. Nelson Mandela is shown among these individuals, though he did not formally participate in the day’s events due to a banning order.

The value and denomination R 1 (One Rand) is below the portraits. To the right of that, the initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa); the design is by L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription R 1 FREEDOM CHARTER - KLIPTOWN, 26 JUNE 1955
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Issued in Set
2017 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
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Silver Rand 2017 Nelson Mandela: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeOne Rand, Silver - Protea
Issued2017
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 IDYRVP-EVRC-NJNA-EDQG
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