South Africa’s new R2 commemorative coin will soon be in circulation, the South African Mint, an agency of the SA Reserve Bank, announced on Thursday.
“The wait is over! We are happy to announce there is a new R2 circulation coin you will soon be seeing in your change. The final edition in the SA25 Celebrating 25 years of democracy campaign is here,” the Mint said.
South Africa’s new R2 coin design
The coin’s design stems from a design competition held in 2019. It represents the “Freedom and Security of the Person” right in the Bill of Rights, as stated in Section 12 of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.
“The ‘reverse’ side depicts a mother and child walking freely in nature, symbolising the right to freedom and security. The daughter is holding a sunflower, which is magical in its ability to move its head toward the sun, resonant of the resilience, optimism and hopefulness of the young,” the Mint added.
The other side of the coin depicts the national coat of arms along with the date of issue, ‘2020,’ and the words ‘South Africa’ written in English and Sepedi/Sesotho.
Pretoria-based designer Esta Quirk’s design, whose focus was on Section 12 of the Bill of Rights, emerged top in the competition.
The new coins will therefore aim to highlight some of the most resonant rights among South Africans, including children’s rights, the right to education and environmental rights.
New R2 coin is still worth R2
On Friday, the Mint reminded the public that the R2 commemorative coin is still worth R2 only. “All commemorative coins are all worth their face value and cannot be sold for more money! As the SA Mint, we do not buy back ANY coins,” it tweeted.
The SA Reserve Bank and the Mint issue commemorative circulation coins from time to time to celebrate significant milestones in South Africa’s history.
In 2019, they launched several coins to mark 25 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa. The R2 coins are part of this stable of commemorative coins.
In January, the Reserve Bank also launched a new R5 coin to mark the 100th anniversary of its formation. Its design features previous coins issued by the Bank.
It also features the country’s coat of arms, the name “South Africa” in two official languages – ‘uMzantsi Afrika’ and ‘Suid-Afrika’ – and the 2021 printing date.