Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans), Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans), Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1991)
CoinTwenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans)

The South African Twenty Cents coin (abbreviated as 20c) is a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal two shillings coin, retaining its design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Twenty Cents was only issued for four years though. In 1965, the Second Decimal Series was introduced, in which the Twenty Cents denomination was made of nickel.

The obverse showed a portrait of Jan van Riebeeck until 1969, with the legend in one language only - either English or Afrikaans, with both versions issued every year. It was then changed to have the Coat of Arms of South Africa, with a bilingual legend. The obverse was re-engraved in 1984, so carries a new engraver's signature after that. Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

The denomination was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version with the Third Decimal Series in 1990. Thus, 20 cent coins issued in 1968 circulated for 23 years until they were replaced with the steel version.

The 1968 issue commemorates the presidency of Charles Robberts Swart (1894 - 1982) who served as the last Governor General of the Union of South Africa from 1959 to 1961 and the first State President of the Republic of South Africa from 1961 to 1967.

The coins were issued in mint sets only.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage75,000
Obverse

The obverse of the 1968 coins displays the portrait of Charles Robberts Swart, South Africa's first president, facing left.

Below the neck truncation, the initials of the designer: T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Around left, the legend SUID-AFRIKA (South Africa, in Afrikaans) and the date of issue 1968.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Reverse
South Africa / Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a Royal Protea, South Africa's national flower, with sprigs.

To the left, the numeral value 20 (Twenty Cents).

Below right, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Reverse Inscription 20
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans): Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 25,000 (included in total)
All (67) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Twenty Cents
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Twenty Cents 1961 2,961,530 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Twenty Cents 1962 3,571,844 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Twenty Cents 1963 4,384,025 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Twenty Cents 1964 4,351,000 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) UNITY IS STRENGTH * EENDRAG MAAK MAG *
Twenty Cents 1965 (English) 29,235,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
Twenty Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) 29,210,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
Twenty Cents 1966 (English) 4,049,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
Twenty Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) 4,074,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
Twenty Cents 1967 (English) 58,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
Twenty Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) 83,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (English) 75,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 75,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Twenty Cents 1969 (English) 9,952 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
Twenty Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) 21,952 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
Twenty Cents 1970 24,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1970 *
Twenty Cents 1971 5,905,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1971 *
Twenty Cents 1972 9,079,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1972 *
Twenty Cents 1973 31,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1973 *
Twenty Cents 1974 2,451,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1974 *
Twenty Cents 1975 13,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1975 *
Twenty Cents 1976 Fouché 18,847,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1976 *
Twenty Cents 1977 30,669,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1977 *
Twenty Cents 1978 10,068,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1978 *
Twenty Cents 1979 Diederichs 5,047,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1979 *
Twenty Cents 1980 13,350,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1980 *
Twenty Cents 1981 8,544,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1981 *
Twenty Cents 1982 Vorster 18,095,000 SUID-AFRIKA SOUTH AFRICA * 1982 *
Twenty Cents 1983 25,681,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1983 *
Twenty Cents 1984 31,618,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1984 *
Twenty Cents 1985 29,338,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1985 *
Twenty Cents 1986 11,415,100 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1986 *
Twenty Cents 1987 36,910,781 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1987 *
Twenty Cents 1988 43,122,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1988 *
Twenty Cents 1989 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1989 *
Twenty Cents 1990 (Nickel) 98,512,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA * 1990 *
Twenty Cents 1990 (Steel) 44,938 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990
Twenty Cents 1991 53,600 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991
Twenty Cents 1992 21,025,350 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992
Twenty Cents 1993 134,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993
Twenty Cents 1994 145,012,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Twenty Cents 1995 108,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Twenty Cents 1996 91,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFERIKA BORWA 1996
Twenty Cents 1997 116,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFERIKA BORWA 1997
Twenty Cents 1998 25,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFERIKA BORWA 1998
Twenty Cents 1999 16,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFERIKA BORWA 1999
Twenty Cents 2000 (Old CoA) 22,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFERIKA BORWA 2000
Twenty Cents 2000 (New CoA) 22,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFERIKA BORWA 2000
Twenty Cents 2001 21,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFERIKA BORWA 2001
Twenty Cents 2002 42,003,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2002
Twenty Cents 2003 56,002,909 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2003
Twenty Cents 2004 113,031,935 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2004
Twenty Cents 2005 57,681,944 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2005
Twenty Cents 2006 38,081,637 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2006
Twenty Cents 2007 139,359,280 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2007
Twenty Cents 2008 251,482,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2008
Twenty Cents 2009 65,240,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2009
Twenty Cents 2010 125,160,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2010
Twenty Cents 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2011
Twenty Cents 2012 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2012
Twenty Cents 2013 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2013
Twenty Cents 2014 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2014
Twenty Cents 2015 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2015
Twenty Cents 2016 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2016
Twenty Cents 2017 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2017
Twenty Cents 2018 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2018
Twenty Cents 2019 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2019
Twenty Cents 2020 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2020
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Twenty Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans): Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwenty Cents, Nickel
Issued1968
Face Value20 (x Rand)
Circulation Mintage50,000
Total Mintage75,000
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1991
MaterialNickel
DesignerTommy Sasseen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)24.2000
Thickness (mm)1.8400
Mass (g)6
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-PBGM-ENZB
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