Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom, Coin from South Africa
CoinTwo Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom

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 Two Rand coin was initially a gold bullion coin equal to the earlier gold pound, which was itself equal to a British sovereign (minted, among others, at the Pretoria branch of the Royal Mint - now the South African Mint, until 1932).

Nickel-plated copper Two Rand coins started to be issued for regular circulation in 1989. From time to time, the South African Reserve Bank also issues commemorative Two Rand coins such as this one.

This circulating commemorative R2 coin celebrates the tenth anniversary of democracy and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

The apartheid system of institutionalised racial segregation in South Africa was ended through a series of negotiations between 1990 and 1993 and through unilateral steps by the de Klerk government. These negotiations took place between the governing National Party, the African National Congress, and a wide variety of other political organisations. The negotiations resulted in South Africa's first non-racial election, which was won by the African National Congress.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom - obverse photo

Within a recessed square with rounded corners, the obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre, as adopted on Freedom Day 27 April 2000.

The Coat of Arms is a series of elements organised in distinct symmetric egg-like or oval shapes placed on top of one another. The completed structure combines the lower and higher oval shape in a symbol of infinity. The path that connects the lower edge of the scroll, through the lines of the tusks, with the horizon above and the sun rising at the top, forms the shape of the cosmic egg from which the secretary bird rises. In the symbolic sense, this is the implied rebirth of the spirit of the great and heroic nation of South Africa.

The motto in the semicircle around below, ǃKE E꞉ ǀXARRA ǁKE, is written in the Khoisan language of the ǀXam people and translates literally to "diverse people unite".

Below the Coat of Arms, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Around left and right, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA.

Around above, the date of issue: 2004.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2004
Reverse
South Africa / Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom - reverse photo

The reverse shows rejoicing people brandishing the new flag of South Africa.

To the left, the value and denomination 2 RAND.

Around above, the inscription 10 YEARS OF FREEDOM.

Around below right in smaller letters, SOUTH AFRICA 1994-2004.

In tiny letters below left, the initials of the reverse engraver MJS (for for Marthinus J Scheepers).

Reverse Inscription 2 RAND 10 YEARS OF FREEDOM SOUTH AFRICA 1994-2004
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The reverse design was re-issued as a R5 commemorative in 2014 for 20 Years of Freedom.

Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in souvenir card
Mintage Issued: 5,885
All (41) coins of type: Two Rand
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Two Rand 1989 65,246,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1989 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1990 70,677,230 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1990 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1991 39,270,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1991 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1992 2,140,087 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1992 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1993 110,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1993 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1994 1,006,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1994 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1995 13,227,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA 1995 SOUTH AFRICA
Two Rand 1996 139,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 UMZANTSI AFRIKA 1996
Two Rand 1997 1,815,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 UMZANTSI AFRIKA 1997
Two Rand 1998 7,387,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 UMZANTSI AFRIKA 1998
Two Rand 1999 4,809,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 UMZANTSI AFRIKA 1999
Two Rand 2000 (Old CoA) 19,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 UMZANTSI AFRIKA 2000
Two Rand 2000 (New CoA) 19,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa UMZANTSI AFRIKA 2000
Two Rand 2001 3,603,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa UMZANTSI AFRIKA 2001
Two Rand 2002 12,003,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2002 uMzantsi Afrika
Two Rand 2003 5,002,909 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2003 iSewula Afrika
Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2004
Two Rand 2004 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2004 iSewula Afrika
Two Rand 2005 13,501,944 Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2005 Afurika Tshipembe
Two Rand 2006 5,041,637 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2006 Ningizimu Afrika
Two Rand 2007 32,581,280 Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2007 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2008 48,061,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2008 South Africa
Two Rand 2009 12,600,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2009 Aforika Borwa
Two Rand 2010 29,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2010 Afrika Borwa
Two Rand 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2011 Suid-Afrika
Two Rand 2012 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2012 Afrika Borwa
Two Rand 2013 Union Buildings unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2013 Suid-Afrika
Two Rand 2013 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2013 Suid-Afrika
Two Rand 2014 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2014 uMzantsi Afrika
Two Rand 2014 Union Buildings unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2014 uMzantsi Afrika
Two Rand 2015 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2015 iNingizimu Afrika
Two Rand 2016 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2016 iSewula Afrika
Two Rand 2017 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2017 Afurika Tshipembe
Two Rand 2018 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2018 Ningizimu Afrika
Two Rand 2019 Children’s Rights unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2019 Right to Education unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2019 Environmental Rights unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Movement and Residence unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2019 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
Two Rand 2020 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2020 South Africa
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Two Rand 2004 Ten Years of Freedom: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo Rand, Commemorative
Issued2004
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value2 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated Copper
DesignerMarthinus J Scheepers
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.000 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass5.500 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-WWXM-EYJD
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