Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Rand 2019 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 2019 Protea - Life of a Legend coin series, which concludes a series of commemorative coins started in 2013.

The South African Mint says about the series:
"The year 2019 celebrates the 25th year of a free and democratic South Africa, and so it is fitting that the legacy left by the first democratically elected President of South Africa is depicted as a conclusion to the series. The Life of a Legend - Nelson Mandela Protea series was introduced in 2013, representing a different chapter of Former South African President, Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue.

South Africa’s first democratically elected president served only one term in power from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999. He, however, remained active even after his term, seeking peace and social justice in South Africa and around the world. His date of birth, 18 July, was declared ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ by the United Nations in recognition of his contributions to democracy, freedom, peace and human rights around the world.

On this day, everyone in the world is encouraged to harness their ability to have a positive effect on their community and remember and live the values embraced by Nelson Mandela, which include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect."

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

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage13,000
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2019, 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 2019 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 2019
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela - reverse photo

This coin celebrates the year that Nelson Mandela was elected as the first black president of a free and democratic South Africa. The heart of the reverse design features a silhouetted profile of Nelson Mandela with a portrait of him holding his grandchild in the background within the silhouette, which is surrounded by an ornamental paisley pattern inspired by the shirts he loved to wear. The design repeats the main elements of the R25 coin of the series.

A quotation, The spirit of Ubuntu - that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings., appears along the outer edge of the coin. Overlaid on the decorative pattern around below right, Nelson Mandela.

The value and denomination R1 (One Rand) are below right.

Reverse Inscription R1 Nelson Mandela
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 10,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins (issue price R 445), plus 2,000 individual proofs (issue price: R 545), 800 proofs in a 3-coin set and 200 in a 3-coin Launch Set with a sterling silver medallion.

Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 3,000 (included in total)
Details

2,000 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Sets 2019 Protea Prestige Set - Life of a Legend (Mandela Legacy), mintage unknown, limited to 800
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela

2019 Protea Launch Set - Life of a Legend (Mandela Legacy), mintage unknown, limited to 200
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela: References to Information Used
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Silver Rand 2019 Nelson Mandela: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeOne Rand, Silver - Protea
Issued2019
Face Value1 (x Rand)
Mintage13,000
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)15
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-DYKX-ONXQ
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