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Coat of Arms of South Africa
South Africa / Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy

The present Coat of Arms of South Africa was introduced on Freedom Day 27 April 2000 and designed by Mr Iaan Bekker. It replaced the earlier national arms, which had been in use since 1910.

The motto is written in the Khoisan language of the ǀXam people and translates literally to "diverse people unite". The previous motto, in Latin, was Ex Unitate Vires, translated as "From unity, strength".

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 of the coat of arms 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 official blazon of the arms is:

"Or, representations of two San human figures of red ochre, statant respectant, the hands of the innermost arms clasped, with upper arm, inner wrist, waist and knee bands Argent, and a narrow border of red ochre; the shield ensigned of a spear and knobkierie in saltire, Sable. Thereabove a demi-secretary bird displayed Or, charged on the breast with a stylised representation of a protea flower with outer petals Vert, inner petals Or and seeded of nine triangles conjoined in three rows, the upper triangle Gules, the second row Vert, Or inverted and Vert, and the third row Vert, Or inverted, Sable, Or inverted and Vert. Above the head of the secretary bird an arc of seven rays facetted Or and Orange, the two outer rays conjoined to the elevated wings. Upon a riband Vert, the motto ǃKE E꞉ ǀXARRA ǁKE in letters Argent. Issuant from the ends of the riband two pairs of elephant tusks curving inwards, the tips conjoined to the wings of the secretary bird, Or, therewithin and flanking the shields, two ears of wheat Brunatré."

Coat of Arms of South Africa - Example/s on coins
South Africa / Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy

Coat of Arms of South Africa on a bimetallic coin

South Africa / Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy

The Coat of Arms of South Africa is seen here on a 5 Rand coin with a bilingual legend, "Afrika Borwa" in Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho, and "Aforika Borwa" in Tswana.

South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Constitutional Court

Coat of Arms of South Africa on a gold coin

South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Constitutional Court

The Coat of Arms of South Africa as depicted on a gold coin with a minimalist design, with the "South Africa" legend in English.

Coat of Arms of South Africa - Coins (92)
CountryNameMintageLegend
South Africa Ten Cents 2000 (New CoA) 101,000,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2000
South Africa Five Cents 2000 (New CoA) 132,000,000 AFRIKA-DZONGA 2000
South Africa Two Cents 2000 (New CoA) 263,000,000 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 2000
South Africa One Cent 2000 (New CoA) 587,000,000 ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001
South Africa Ten Cents 2001 10,003,678 SOUTH AFRICA 2001
South Africa One Cent 2001 604,003,678 ISEWULA AFRIKA 2001
South Africa Five Cents 2001 82,003,678 AFRIKA-DZONGA 2001
South Africa Two Cents 2001 276,003,678 AFURIKA-TSHIPEMBE 2001
South Africa Five Cents 2002 210,003,250 Ningizimu Afrika 2002
South Africa Ten Cents 2002 107,003,250 AFRIKA-DZONGA 2002
South Africa Ten Cents 2003 unknown South Africa 2003
South Africa Five Cents 2003 unknown Afrika-Dzonga 2003
South Africa Five Cents 2004 534,177,935 South Africa 2004
South Africa Ten Cents 2004 196,001,935 Aforika Borwa 2004
South Africa Ten Cents 2005 90,721,944 Afrika Borwa 2005
South Africa Five Cents 2005 435,009,944 Aforika Borwa 2005
South Africa Ten Cents 2006 140,161,637 Suid-Afrika 2006
South Africa Five Cents 2006 580,161,637 Afrika Borwa 2006
South Africa Ten Cents 2007 290,501,280 uMzantsi Afrika 2007
South Africa Five Cents 2007 653,409,280 Suid-Afrika 2007
South Africa Ten Cents 2008 312,961,563 iNingizimu Afrika 2008
South Africa Five Cents 2008 788,417,563 uMzantsi Afrika 2008
South Africa Ten Cents 2009 310,560,000 iSewula Afrika 2009
South Africa Five Cents 2009 920,640,000 iNingizimu Afrika 2009
South Africa Five Cents 2010 220,192,000 iSewula Afrika 2010
South Africa Ten Cents 2010 270,240,000 Afurika Tshipembe 2010
South Africa Ten Cents 2011 unknown Ningizimu Afrika 2011
South Africa Five Cents 2011 unknown Afurika Tshipembe 2011
South Africa Ten Cents 2012 unknown iSewula Afrika 2012
South Africa Ten Cents 2013 unknown Afurika Tshipembe 2013
South Africa Ten Cents 2014 unknown Ningizimu Afrika 2014
South Africa Silver Ounce 2015 Whale unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Upper unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Griqua Town unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Five Rand 2015 Griqua Town unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Crown 2015 Steam Trains unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Silver Quarter Ounce 2015 Basket Star unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
South Africa Ten Cents 2015 unknown Afrika-Dzonga 2015
South Africa Two and a Half Cents 2015 unknown SOUTH AFRICA · [year] ·
South Africa Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Chameleon unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Gold Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Silver Crown 2016 Dolos unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Gold Half Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Silver Ounce 2016 White Shark unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Silver Two Ounces 2016 Octopus unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Silver Quarter Ounce 2016 Rock Lobster unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Ten Cents 2016 unknown South Africa 2016
South Africa Silver Half Ounce 2016 African Penguin unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
South Africa Gold Ounce 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
South Africa Silver Ounce 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
South Africa Silver Crown 2017 Heart Transplant unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
South Africa Five Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown South Africa · 2017 · Afrika-Dzonga ·
South Africa Fifty Rand 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
South Africa Ten Cents 2017 unknown Aforika Borwa 2017
South Africa Silver Crown 2018 FIFA World Cup 33,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 South African Reptiles - Padloper 500 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Silver Crown 2018 Computed Tomography 1,700 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Five Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary unknown South Africa · 2018 · Aforika Borwa ·
South Africa Silver Ounce 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 10,700 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Gold Ounce 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 400 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Ten Cents 2018 unknown Afrika Borwa 2018
South Africa Fifty Rand 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 50,700 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
South Africa Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 18,000 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 18,000 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Silver Ounce 2019 Constitutional Democracy 12,475 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
South Africa Silver Crown 2019 Polymer Putty 2,200 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
South Africa Two Rand 2019 Children’s Rights unknown South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
South Africa Two Rand 2019 Right to Education unknown South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
South Africa Gold Ounce 2019 Constitutional Court 450 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
South Africa Two Rand 2019 Environmental Rights unknown South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
South Africa Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Movement and Residence unknown South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
South Africa Platinum Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 500 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 600 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Two Rand 2019 Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion unknown South Africa 2019 Afrika-Dzonga
South Africa Five Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy unknown Afrika Borwa · 2019 · Aforika Borwa ·
South Africa Platinum Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 500 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 600 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
South Africa Fifty Rand 2019 Constitutional Democracy 27,475 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
South Africa Ten Cents 2019 unknown Suid-Afrika 2019
South Africa Silver Crown 2020 Retinal Cryoprobe 2,200 SOUTH AFRICA 2020
South Africa Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Elephant unknown SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
South Africa Silver Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 18,000 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
South Africa Gold Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 600 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
South Africa Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 500 SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
South Africa Ten Cents 2020 unknown South Africa 2020
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Coat of Arms of South Africa: Details
Year2000
CountrySouth Africa
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