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Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:47:33 PM »

South Africa adopted a new flag in 1994.



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In 1990 the National Party government took the first step towards dismantling discrimination when it lifted the ban on the African National Congress and other political organisations. It released Nelson Mandela from prison after twenty-seven years' serving a sentence for sabotage. A negotiation process followed. With approval from a predominantly white referendum, the government repealed apartheid legislation. South Africa also destroyed its nuclear arsenal and acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. South Africa held its first universal elections in 1994, which the African National Congress won by an overwhelming majority. It has been in power ever since. The country rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations and became a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 06:49:37 PM »
The current coin series of South Africa was essentially begun in 1989, and you can see it in this topic: Third Coinage of the Republic of South Africa.

Here, I will show the changes that have been made to it since 1994.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 06:52:09 PM »
In 1996 the numerals on the 10, 20 and 50 cents coins were enlarged.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 06:53:58 PM »












For comparison, above are the coins as they looked prior to 1996.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 07:12:10 PM »
In 1996 South Africa changed the obverse of the coins, so that the name of the country appeared in its other various languages, in addition to Afrikaans and English, which were still included. I do not know how many languages were used or how many variations this amounted to. Perhaps somebody can enlighten me.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2017, 07:18:06 PM »

Coat of arms since April 2000.



South Africa adopted a new coat of arms in April 2000.

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Crest: a knobkierie and a spear, a protea flower, a secretary bird with its wings expanded, and a rising sun.

Escutcheon: Representations of two San human figure.

Supporters: Elephant tusks and ears of wheat.

Motto: ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke "Diverse People Unite", written in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 07:20:24 PM »
From the year 2000, the new coat of arms also appeared on the obverse of the coins. The tradition of using the country's different languages was still maintained.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017, 07:25:58 PM »



From 2004 onward, the 5 rand coin was upgraded to be bimetallic. The new coin had a brass center in a copper-nickel ring. It now weighed 9.4 gram, which was slightly heavier than the 7 grams of the previous coin. Both old and new coins were 26 mm in diameter, however. The initials of the South African Reserve Bank were included in micro-lettering around the edge of the coin. The same reverse design of the wildebeest was retained.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2017, 07:27:43 PM »
The obverse of one of the linguistic varieties of the 5 rand coin.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2017, 07:31:09 PM »
A special 5 rand coin was issued in 2008 to celebrate the 90th birthday of President Mandela. He died in December 2013.

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Re: Numismatic changes in the new South Africa
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2017, 07:31:46 PM »
That concludes my brief survey. Does anybody have anything to add?