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South Africa: Two New Commemorative Coins
« on: July 27, 2019, 03:08:47 PM »
New commemorative R2 coin features a minibus taxi

By doug.mattushek  Jul 26, 2019

One of the six new commemorative coins being released by the South African Mint features a minibus taxi.

The release of the new coins – five different R2 and a new R5 coin – is to commemorate 25 years of democracy in South Africa.

“The year 2019 marks a monumental 25 years of constitutional democracy for the nation of South Africa,” read a statement.

“To reinvigorate national pride, the South African Mint together with the South African Reserve Bank, developed six new commemorative circulation coins.

“South Africans were consulted on their interpretation of democracy and freedom and shared the symbols that they associated with these values. Taking this into account, a Commemorative Coin Range has been developed, giving everyone an opportunity to reflect on our diverse identity as a country.”

Each coin design, which had its own artist, commemorates a stride made in South Africans pursuit of freedom.

The R2 coin featuring the taxi celebrates freedom of movement and residence. The other four represent children’s rights, the right to education, environmental rights and freedom of religion, belief and opinion.

The commemorative R5 coin has a line from the national anthem, ‘let us live and strive for freedom’, printed on the front with a queue of people voting.

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