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Nelson R. Mandela Centenary (1918-2018)
Столетие Нельсона Р. Манделы (1918-2018)
Presented by
South African Mint Company (RF) (Pry) Ltd
Nominal value
5 rand
Bi-metal alloy
10 000 000
Production quality
A latent image, micro lettering
Obverse: die-engraver AL Sutherland Reverse: die-engraver MJ Scheepers, artist L Guerra
South African Mint Company (RF) (Pry) Ltd
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the national coat of arms of South Africa is depicted together with the year of issue, 2018, and the words ‘South Africa’ written in two of the eleven official languages: English ‘South Africa’ and Setswana ‘Aforika Borwa’.

Reverse: the theme for this coin is the centenary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. A portrait of an elderly Nelson Mandela is depicted, together with an African pattern design and a latent image which shows the years 1918 and 2018 depending on the angle of the coin. Incorporated into the pattern design are the words ‘SARB’ and ‘FIVE RAND’. The denomination ‘5 RAND’ completes the design.
A brief annotation
This circulation coin celebrates 100 years since the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who became one of South Africa’s most loved and respected citizens.

Born on 18 July 1918, Rolihlahla Mandela was given the English name Nelson by his teacher on his first day of school at a local missionary school, as it was a custom then.

In August 1952, Nelson Mandela together with Oliver Tambo opened the first black-owned law firm in South Africa.

He was one of the co-founders of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League in 1944.  In 1948 he was elected national secretary and in 1951 President of the Youth League.

He was elected deputy president of the ANC in 1990 and in 1993 shared the Nobel Peace Prize with President FW de Klerk “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”

He was inaugurated as the President of South Africa on 10 May 1994 and served one term until stepping down in 1999 although he remained a champion for peace and social justice around the world.

In 2009 the United Nations declared July 18 as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ in recognition of his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013 at his home in Johannesburg.
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