Two Cents 1979 Diederichs, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two Cents 1979 Diederichs, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1990)
CoinTwo Cents 1979 Diederichs

The South African Two Cents coin (abbreviated as 2c) was a small circulating coin of the Rand currency. Unlike the other denominations, it was not created at decimalisation on 14 February 1961 - there was a 2½ (two and a half cents) coin instead. This was short-lived though and was discontinued only four years later.

When South Africa introduced its Second Decimal Coinage in 1965, there was a Two Cents denomination in it. This first type of Two Cents was made of bronze and was issued until 1990. The first kind of bronze coins had a portrait of Jan van Riebeeck on the obverse and a legend in one language only; each year, two versions of the coin were issued - one in English and one in Afrikaans; this was also the case with the commemorative issue in 1968. In 1970, the obverse was changed to the Coat of Arms of South Africa with a bilingual legend.

The denomination was changed to a smaller copper-plated steel version issued until 2001, after which time it was discontinued.

2c coins issued in 1979 circulated for 11 years until they were replaced with the smaller version.

The 1979 issue commemorates the end of the presidency of Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs (1903 - 1978) who served as the third State President of South Africa from 1975 to 1978.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage40,058,000 (40.1 million)
Obverse
South Africa / Two Cents 1979 Diederichs - obverse photo

Instead of the Coat of Arms of South Africa, the obverse of the 1979 coins displays a portrait of Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs, South Africa's third president, facing three-quarters left.

Below the neck truncation, the initials of the obverse designer: LDL (for Lourens De Lange).

Around left and around right, the bilingual legend reads SOUTH AFRICA in English and SUID-AFRIKA in Afrikaans.

Around below, the date of issue * 1979 *.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1979 *
Reverse
South Africa / Two Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a bucking Wildebeest at its centre. Below the ground on the right, in small letters the initials of the designer J.v.Z. (for Jan van Zyl).

Below, the abbreviated value and denomination 2c (two cents).

Reverse Inscription 2c
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Two Cents 1979 Diederichs: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 15,000 (included in total)
All (44) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Two Cents
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Cents 1965 (English) 29,887,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
Two Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) 29,912,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
Two Cents 1966 (English) 9,292,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
Two Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) 9,267,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
Two Cents 1967 (English) 11,887,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
Two Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) 11,862,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
Two Cents 1968 Swart (English) 5,500,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
Two Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 5,550,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Two Cents 1969 (English) 5,829,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
Two Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) 5,817,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
Two Cents 1970 35,227,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1970 *
Two Cents 1971 24,105,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1971 *
Two Cents 1972 7,314,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1972 *
Two Cents 1973 18,696,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1973 *
Two Cents 1974 25,316,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1974 *
Two Cents 1975 25,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1975 *
Two Cents 1976 Fouché 51,495,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1976 *
Two Cents 1977 45,135,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1977 *
Two Cents 1978 50,544,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1978 *
Two Cents 1979 Diederichs 40,058,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1979 *
Two Cents 1980 37,810,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1980 *
Two Cents 1981 79,360,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1981 *
Two Cents 1982 Vorster 53,974,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1982 *
Two Cents 1983 112,589,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1983 *
Two Cents 1984 101,508,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1984 *
Two Cents 1985 102,717,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1985 *
Two Cents 1986 683,301,100 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1986 *
Two Cents 1987 104,987,781 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1987 *
Two Cents 1988 182,043,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1988 *
Two Cents 1989 213,638,721 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1989 *
Two Cents 1990 (Bronze) 215,192,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1990 *
Two Cents 1990 (Steel) 44,938 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1990
Two Cents 1991 133,026,800 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1991
Two Cents 1992 215,025,350 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1992
Two Cents 1993 160,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1993
Two Cents 1994 108,012,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1994
Two Cents 1995 198,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SOUTH AFRICA 1995
Two Cents 1996 305,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 1996
Two Cents 1997 158,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 1997
Two Cents 1998 282,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 1998
Two Cents 1999 166,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 1999
Two Cents 2000 (Old CoA) 263,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 2000
Two Cents 2000 (New CoA) 263,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 2000
Two Cents 2001 276,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 2001
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Two Cents 1979 Diederichs: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo Cents, Bronze
Issued1979
Face Value2 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage40,043,000 (40.0 million)
Total Mintage40,058,000 (40.1 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialBronze
DesignerJan van Zyl, Lourens De Lange
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22.4500
Thickness (mm)1.7100
Mass (g)4
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-JMPJ-EWQJ
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