Two and a Half Cents 2020, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Two and a Half Cents 2020, Coin from South Africa
CoinTwo and a Half Cents 2020

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 2020 Crown and Tickey series of coins featuring a South African invention that has revolutionised cataract surgery. The retinal cryoprobe was developed by South African ophthalmologist and inventor, Selig Percy Amoils, at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa.

The cryoprobe is a pen-like instrument that delivers extremely cold liquid gas, with precision and accuracy. The cryoprobe is inserted into a cut in the eye to deliver a liquid gas , which freezes to a cataract. The cataract (or other unwanted tissue) can then be removed with no risk of destroying healthy adjacent tissue.

It has since found applications in the field of general as well as veterinary medicine.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 2020 - 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: · 2020 ·.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA · 2020 ·
South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 2020 - reverse photo

The reverse of this "tickey" coin depicts a gloved hand holding the retinal cryoprobe, the letters SPA for its inventor Selig Percy Amoils, and the denomination 2½c.

When the tickey is placed onto the circle on the crown coin, it gives the impression of a retinal cryoprobe procedure.

The initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa) are in the top right field, under the wrist of the hand holding the probe.

Around below left, the composition: Ag925 Cu75 (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper).

Reverse Inscription 2½c SPA Ag925 Cu75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Mintage limited to 1,000 individually carded coins, issue price R 395, plus 700 in sets.

Included in Set
2020 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 2020: Details
CountrySouth Africa
Coin TypeTwo and a Half Cents (NCLT)
Face Value2 1/2 (x Cent)
Mintage Limit1,700
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.3000 mm
Thickness0.9600 mm
Mass1.4140 g
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Two and a Half Cents 2020: Photos
Two and a Half Cents 2020: Photo 2½c Sterling Silver Tickey 2020 / thumbnail 2½c Sterling Silver Tickey 2020
Copyright: South African Mint
Two and a Half Cents 2020: Photo 2½c Sterling Silver Tickey 2020 / thumbnail 2½c Sterling Silver Tickey 2020
Copyright: South African Mint