Two Rand 2012, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two Rand 2012, Coin from South Africa
CoinTwo Rand 2012

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. At that time, the Two Rand (abbreviated as R2) was a gold bullion coin equal to the earlier gold pound, which was itself equal to a British sovereign. These were not regular circulating coins though, and were discontinued after 1983, while the denomination was served by a banknote in everyday life.

With the Third Decimal Series, the current format of the Two Rand circulating coin was introduced in 1989 - as a small nickel-clad copper coin similar in appearance to the new small One Rand.

The obverse displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. This was the old (1910) Coat of Arms until 2000, then was updated to the current symbol. The legend is bilingual (except between 1996 and 2001, and on some commemoratives), with an annual rotation of the languages instituted after 2001. The regular reverse shows a Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) - a native animal of South Africa. Occasionally, circulating commemorative R2 coins are also issued, with different reverses.

R2 coins issued in 2012 have now been in circulation for nine years.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse

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, the name of the country in Afrikaans: Suid-Afrika; around right, the name in Sepedi/Sesotho (Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho): Afrika Borwa.

Around above, the date of issue: 2012.

Obverse Inscription Suid-Afrika 2012 Afrika Borwa
Reverse
South Africa / Two Rand 2012 - reverse photo

Within a recessed square with rounded corners, the reverse shows a Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), known as the “King of the Antelope” because of its magnificent horns.

Above right, the value and denomination 2 RAND.

In the lower right, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Reverse Inscription 2 RAND
EdgeMilled interrupted, in five sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
Two Rand 2012: Known varieties
Variety Signature Closer Together
Mintage Issued: unknown
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 3,000
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 2012: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo Rand
Issued2012
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value2 (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated copper
DesignerArthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.000 mm
Thickness1.750 mm
Mass5.500 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-PPMW-ENZB
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Two Rand 2012: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSouth Africa KM# 498
Schön, WeltmünzkatalogSchön# 509