The new coins are the second installation in the “Celebrating South Africa” theme, through which we celebrate milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture. The first coin series in this theme was the 2017 OR Tambo Centenary range (see 2017 coin range).

Each meticulously crafted coin allows us to look back at the remarkable stages of Mandela’s life, and his struggle for justice, human rights, and a free and democratic South Africa

This coin portrays Nelson Mandela as a young and passionate lawyer. In August 1952, he, together with Oliver Tambo, opened the first black-owned law firm in South Africa. Pricing the coin was a conscious tribute to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and our way of paying it forward. To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Mandela, and in remembrance of the 27 long years he spent in prison, R27 of every bronze coin purchased will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Diameter: 38.725mm
Mintage: 50,000


This coin depicts Nelson Mandela as a proud statesman. After spending 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was finally released on 11 February 1990 and elected deputy president of the ANC in the same year. In 1993, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with President FW de Klerk before making history as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, in 1994.

Diameter: 38.725mm
Mass: 33.626g
Mintage: 10,000


This 1oz gold coin portrays Nelson Mandela in his latter years, post-presidency. 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, leaving behind an inimitable legacy.

Diameter: 32.69mm
Mass: 31.107g
Mintage: 300


The bimetallic R5 circulation coin is central to this range, enabling the South African public and coin collectors to celebrate the centenary year of Mandela’s birth. The coin goes into circulation in July 2018, the month in which Mandela was born.

A collectable R5 coin will be included in the 3-coin and 4-coin Mandela Centenary sets. The collectable R5 is NOT available for purchase on its own.

Mass: 9.5g
Diameter: 26mm


The obverse depicts the national coat of arms, the year of issue ‘2018’, and the word ‘South Africa’.

SILVER AND BRONZE ALLOY OBVERSESThe obverses of the silver and bronze alloy coins depict the national coat of arms, year of issue ‘2018’, and the words ‘South Africa’ written in all the official languages.

Order FormIf you are human, leave this field blank.2018 | CELEBRATING SOUTH AFRICA (MANDELA 100 YEARS)  R 127 – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela R50 (bronze alloy, proof) R 995 – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela R50 (proof quality, sterling-silver) SOLD OUT – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela R500 (1oz, 24ct gold) SOLD OUT – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela Set (3 coin set) R 36 995 – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela Prestige Set (4 coin set) SOLD OUT – Celebrating South Africa: NM Mandela Launch Set (1oz gold, proof incl.medallion) LIMITEDDUE TO MARKET FLUCTUATIONS THE SOUTH AFRICAN MINT CANNOT GUARANTEE THE PRICE ADVERTISED. ANY PRICE QUOTED IS ONLY RESERVED FOR 7 DAY 

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