Two Cents 1987, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two Cents 1987, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1990)
CoinTwo Cents 1987

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 1987 circulated for only three years until they were replaced with the smaller version.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage104,987,781 (105.0 million)
Obverse

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre, as granted to the Union of South Africa by King George V and later amended by the British College of Arms. It contains representation of the four provinces within the Union.

The Coat of Arms features a shield quartered, each quarter a symbol of one of the four provinces of South Africa. An ox wagon represents Transvaal Province, a woman with an anchor represents Cape Province, two wildebeests represent Natal Province and an orange tree represents the Orange Free State Province. The crest of the arms features a lion holding four bound sticks. The supporters are a springbok and a gemsbok. Below the arms, the Latin motto, EX UNITATE VIRES (translated at first as "Union Is Strength", but from 1961 translated as "Unity Is Strength").

Around left, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA; around right, the name in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA.

Below, the date of issue: * 1987 *.

Below the Coat of Arms on the left side, in small letters the initials of the designer ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1987 *
Reverse
South Africa / Two Cents 1987 - 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 1987: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 6,781 (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 1987: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo Cents, Bronze
Issued1987
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa, 1910
Face Value2 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage104,981,000 (105.0 million)
Total Mintage104,987,781 (105.0 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialBronze
DesignerJan van Zyl, Arthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22.4500
Thickness (mm)1.7100
Mass (g)4
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-NJAG-ODQG
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