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 First Decimal Coinage had a two-and-a-half-cent denomination replacing the pre-decimal threepence coin which had the same mass and dimensions. The new coins were 50% silver and retained the dimensions and reverse design of the threepence created in 1925 by George Kruger Gray, featuring a Protea flower.
The 2 1/2 cents were short-lived as a circulating denomination though; the coin was discontinued after 1964 when the second decimal coinage was introduced, in favour of a new 2 cents coin.
Thus, coins issued in 1961 circulated for only four years until they were withdrawn in 1965.
|Mintage||Issued: 7,530 (included in total)|
|Two and a Half Cents 1961||299,530||Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1962||12,589||Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1963||37,025||Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1964||30,000||Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
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|Coin Type||Two and a Half Cents|
|Portrait||Jan van Riebeeck (facing)|
|Face Value||2 1/2 (x Cent)|
|Current||No; withdrawn 1965|
|Designer||George Kruger Gray, Willie Myburg|
|Orientation||Medal Alignment (Axis 0)|
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|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||South Africa KM# 58|
|Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns||Hern# R10|