The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) today released into circulation the first R2 coin in the series of five new R2 commemorative circulations coins celebrating 25 years of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. The new coin puts a sharp focus on “children’s rights” as enshrined in the constitution.
The inclusion in the Bill of Rights of a special section on the rights of the child was an important development for South African children, most of whom had suffered under apartheid, facing detention without trial, torture and assault. The South African Constitution makes children's rights a priority and states that the best interests of a child are the overriding concern when it comes to their wellbeing.
The SA25 themed Celebrating South Africa series features five commemorative R2 circulation coins, a commemorative R5 coin and three collectable coins in gold, silver and bronze alloy.
Speaking at the launch, Tumi Tsehlo, SA Managing Director said, “Our constitution yields an endless variety of subjects some of which the SA Mint is excited to feature on this new range of commemorative circulation coins. The SA25 range is a tribute to the foresight and ingenuity of the people who made our constitution possible.”
On the design, Johannesburg based fine artist Neo Mahlangu says, “I wanted to create a design that could capture their innocence, bring back memories of the time when we once were children so that we are constantly reminded to protect and nurture them and in doing so the future of the country.”
The reverse (tails) of the R2 Children’s Rights circulation coin shows a group of cheerful kids. On the obverse (heads), the coin features the national coat of arms together with the date of issue, ‘2019’, and the words ‘South Africa’ written in English and Afrika-Dzonga’ in Xitsonga.
All the SA25 commemorative circulations coins issued by the SARB and the SA Mint, including the collectable range, use a common typeface created by Garth Walker for the Constitutional Court The typography as reflected on the commemorative coinage was created in 2003/4 as a unique wayfinding system font for the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is credited for the layout of the R5 coins using the typeface.
“Nothing says children more than their unbridled joy of things and in designing the theme for Children’s Rights, I wanted to capture that innocence and wonder. I see the coin as a celebration of all things children.” Mahlangu adds.
South Africans will soon find these coins in their change and can start collecting them in a specially designed collectors’ sleeve. The sleeve has place for all the coins in the SA25 range being introduced in a phased manner including the new R5 that will be launched in August.
The commemorative coins will be available at the South African Mint’s retail store in Centurion or at the various mall activations the SA Mint will host throughout the country, details of which will be available on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter.
The sleeve can also be collected free of charge from the aforementioned address and activation sites.
“I am sure many coin enthusiasts will begin collecting these coins and I would encourage you to share the hobby of yours with someone else, especially children,” says Tsehlo in conclusion.
SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago announced the SA25 range of commemorative circulation coins earlier this month as part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of SA’s constitutional democracy, together with a series of collectible coins. SARB would like to reiterate that the new commemorative circulation coins, like all other circulation coins, are ‘normal’ circulation coins that are only worth their face value – R2. The SARB issues commemorative circulation coins as part of its currency production function.
The Mint also launched special edition collector’s sets which include all the circulations coins, the R50 silver and the R50 bronze alloy collectable coins. The sets and collectable coins can also be purchased as individual coins from the SA Mint’s retail store in Centurion.