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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »
In 1985 Marais Viljoen appeared on the obverse of the 1 rand coin only. The rest of the coinage carried its usual coat of arms obverse.

Marais Viljoen was the last ceremonial State President of South Africa, from 4 June 1979 until 3 September 1984. He was succeeded in 1984 by Prime Minister P. W. Botha, who combined the offices in an executive presidency.

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2017, 07:23:52 PM »
In 1990 P. W. Botha appeared on the obverse of the 1 rand coin only.

Pieter Willem Botha, 1916 2006), commonly known as "P. W." and Die Groot Krokodil (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile"), was the leader of South Africa from 1978 to 1989, serving as the last Prime Minister from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive State President from 1984 to 1989.

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2017, 07:25:39 PM »
The last cent had been minted for circulation in 1979, but a final version, bearing President Vorster's portrait, was minted for proof sets only in 1982.

A few other commemorative rand coins were issued that dealt with other subjects than presidents, but I have not shown them here.
1990 was the last year of this series. A new series of even smaller and lighter coins was minted, also in 1990, but I will deal with them in a separate topic.

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2017, 08:04:01 PM »







Let's have another look at the plants.

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2017, 08:11:49 PM »

Protea repens, commonly known as the sugarbush protea.




Protea cynaroides, the king protea.




The king protea is at right centre of the design.



Can you tell the difference between the two species? Myself, I can't.

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2017, 08:19:12 PM »

The 50 cents coin features an arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), an African lily (Agapanthus africanus), and a strelitzia (Strelitzia reginae).




A strelitzia (Strelitzia reginae).




Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica).




African lily (Agapanthus africanus).

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Re: Second Coinage of the Republic of South Africa
« Reply #36 on: October 21, 2017, 11:03:49 PM »
This set, as it first appeared in 1965, was well planned in terms of design: unlike in previous sets, no design was repeated. The three "cents" denominations below 10 cents all portrayed animals, while the three "cents" denominations with two numerals (10, 20 and 50) all depicted plants. The rand coin switched back to an animal: the springbok.

However, when the cent coin was eventually issued in 1970, we once more saw a repetition, because the sparrows design from the 1 cent coin was reused. I suspect that this was in order to maintain the tradition that the sparrows always appeared on South Africa's lowest denomination of coin.

All in all, though, I regard this as a classic set, with well unified designs.