Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Rand 2018 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 is part of the Protea coin series by the South African Mint, which celebrates South Africa’s history and culture.

This coin is part of the Life of a Legend - Nelson Mandela series of Protea coinage which was introduced in 2013, representing a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue. The 2018 edition features his 27-year incarceration and eventual release.

This R1 sterling-silver coin depicts Nelson Mandela looking through the barred window of his Robben Island prison cell during a visit to the island in 1994, together with an image taken shortly after his release from Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990, after 27 years imprisonment. The quotation on the coin reads: "Prison is itself a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all, a test of one’s commitment."

The coin was issued in Brilliant Uncirculated (issue price R 445) and in Proof grade (issue price 545).

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2018, 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 2018 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 2018
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts Nelson Mandela looking through the barred window of his Robben Island prison cell during a visit to the island in 1994, together with an image taken shortly after his release from Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990, after 27 years imprisonment.

In diagonal stripes covering the right half of the design, the quotation: Prison is itself a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all, a test of one’s commitment.

Below left, the value and denomination R1 (One Rand).

Reverse Inscription R1
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela: Known varieties
Variety Proof South Africa / Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela / Proof - obverse photo South Africa / Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage 1,000
In Sets 2018 Protea Prestige Set - Life of a Legend (Robben Island), mintage unknown, limited to 800
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela

2018 Protea Launch Set - Life of a Legend (Robben Island), mintage unknown, limited to 200
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela: References to Information Used
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Silver Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeOne Rand, Silver - Protea
Issued2018
Face Value1 (x Rand)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL. Guerra, VL Chipa
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)15
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-JWND-EWQJ
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2018 Silver Proof Protea R1
Copyright: South African Mint
Notes: Proof.
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2018 Silver Proof Protea R1
Copyright: South African Mint
Notes: Proof.
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