Two and a Half Cents 2017, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two and a Half Cents 2017, Coin from South Africa
CoinTwo and a Half Cents 2017

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. It had a two-and-a-half-cent denomination, replacing the earlier threepence coin which had the same mass and dimensions. The new coins were 50% silver and retained the reverse design of the threepence created in 1925 by George Kruger Gray, featuring a Protea flower.

The 2 1/2 cents circulating denomination was short-lived though, and was discontinued after 1964 in favour of a new 2 cents coin.

In 1997, the South African Mint started issuing Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) 2 1/2 cents coins in a new series known - from the flower featuring on the coin - as the Protea coin series; the flower is now on the obverse, and the reverse designs celebrate various aspects of South African heritage and nature. The coins are usually issued in a "Crown and tickey" set (tickey being the nickname of the coin), together with a Crown piece (one ounce silver), with new themes every year.

The composition is Sterling Silver - 92.% silver alloyed with 7.5% copper.

This coin is part of the Crown and Tickey series of South African coins issued with different themes every year by the South African Mint to celebrate South Africa’s history and achievements.

The 2017 South African Inventions theme marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful human-to-human heart transplant, performed by a team of around 30 surgeons - led by Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard - in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on 3 December 1967.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 2017 - obverse photo

At centre, a king protea flower in bloom. To the right of the base of it's stem, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Around above, the legend SOUTH AFRICA. Around below, the year of issue: · 2017 ·.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA · 2017 ·
Reverse
South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 2017 - reverse photo

The reverse of the "tickey" coin shows a human heart, and the letters CNB for Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard who performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant.

Below that, the value and denomination 2½c (two and a half cents).

When the tickey is placed onto the circle on the crown coin, it creates the impression of a heart transplant being performed.

Reverse Inscription 2½c CNB
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Notes

The coins were issued individually carded (issue price R 350) or in sets.

Issued in Set
2017 Sterling-Silver Crown and Tickey Set, mintage unknown, limited to 700
2 coins: Silver Crown, Silver Tickey
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Two and a Half Cents 2017: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTwo and a Half Cents (NCLT)
Issued2017
Face Value2 1/2 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.3000
Thickness (mm)0.9600
Mass (g)1.4140
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LDLN-EMPX
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South African Inventions: The Heart Transplant: 2 1/2c (Tickey, sterling-silver)
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South African Inventions: The Heart Transplant: 2 1/2c (Tickey, sterling-silver)
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