Two Cents 1996, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two Cents 1996, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 2002)
CoinTwo Cents 1996

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. The first type of Two Cents was made of bronze and was issued until 1990. The denomination was changed to a smaller copper-plated steel version issued until 2001, after which time it was discontinued.

The steel coins have a new reverse design, and a revised obverse showing a re-engraved Coat of Arms of South Africa; the legend was bilingual (Afrikaans and English) from 1990 to 1995, then one language only - Venda. The obverse was updated to the new Coat of Arms of the country halfway through 2000, so some coins dated 2000 have the old version and some carry the new Coat of Arms.

2001 was the last year of issue. On 28th March 2002 the South African Reserve Bank announced that it will cease the distribution for circulation of one and two cent coins as of 31st March 2002, citing high production costs - saying that it costs approximately 9 cents to produce a 1 cent South African coin and approximately 11 cents to produce a 2 cent South African coin.

The denomination has not been demonetised and the coins are still legal tender throughout the Common Monetary Area, although in practice they do not circulate due to their low value.

Thus, 2c coins issued in 1996 circulated for six years until they withdrawn from circulation.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage305,016,503 (305.0 million)
Obverse

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below the Coat of Arms, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Around above, the name of the country in Venda: AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE.

Above, the date of issue: 1996.

Obverse Inscription AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 1996
Reverse
South Africa / Two Cents 1996 - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a flying eagle over sea waves, carrying a fish in its talons.

Divided by the eagle, the abbreviated value and denomination 2c (two cents).

In tiny letters in the lower left field, the initials of the designer: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Reverse Inscription 2c
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Two Cents 1996: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 4,827 (included in total)
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated
Mintage Issued: 11,676 (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 1996: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo Cents, Steel
Issued1996
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa, 1910
Face Value2 (x Rand)
Circulation Mintage305,000,000 (305.0 million)
Total Mintage305,016,503 (305.0 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 2002
MaterialCopper-plated Steel
DesignerArthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)18
Thickness (mm)1.8000
Mass (g)3
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-XLPJ-ELMD
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