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Learn about the constitution with South African Mint’s new R2 coin

The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) today released into circulation a new R2 commemorative circulation coin with the theme “Right To Education” as part of its coin programme launched earlier this month to celebrate 25 years of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

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.

Education rights are contained in section 29 of the South African Constitution and guarantees the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.

Announcing the new coin, Tumi Tsehlo, SA Mint Managing Director says, “Education is a fundamental human right and essential to understanding and for the exercise of all other rights guaranteed by our constitution. It promotes freedom and enables empowerment.”

“Moreover, education can lift both children and adults out of poverty and participate fully as citizens in the economy.”

The reverse (tails) of the R2 Right to Education coin features three internationally known symbols of learning and knowledge - a book, a cube (featuring letters and numbers), and a graduation cap. The obverse (heads) 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.

Designer Neo Mahlangu believes the topic of education is an important one in the country. “Due to its potent influence on this nation, I wanted to create a design that could resonate with a mature adult pursuing studies as well as the child in a preschool in equal measure. Education is such an empowering right that if used to its fullest capacity can have the possibility to unlock incredible opportunity.”

South Africans will soon find these coins in their change and can start collecting them in a specially designed collectors’ sleeve. The empty 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 empty collectors sleeve can also be collected free of charge from the aforementioned address and activation sites.

SARB Governor Lesetja Kganyago announced the SA25 range of commemorative circulation coins last month as part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of SA’s constitutional democracy, together with a series of collectables 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.

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