Photos: South Africa’s new R2 and R5 coins


Six new coins will come into circulation in the coming weeks. The new coins reflect the quarter-century anniversary of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

The South African Mint, together with the South African Reserve Bank, said in a statement that the new coins were launched “to reinvigorate national pride”.

The artist Lady Skollie, real name Laura Windvogel, with her design for the new R5 coin. 

R2 ‘Children’s Rights’

The coin is intended to capture the essence of joy and engender a sense of nostalgia as we strive to give all children in our nation the right to the equal protection of their civil rights and freedom.

R2 ‘Right to education’

The coin illustrates education at different levels, from pre-school right up to tertiary qualifications. 

R2 ‘Environmental rights’

This coin stands for the right that all South Africans have to access unspoiled natural resources that enable our survival, such as access to water, food and air.

R2 ‘Freedom of movement’

This coin shows that we have the right to freely choose our place of residence, to travel and expect to be welcomed home.

R2 ‘Freedom of religion, belief and opinion’

This coin displays the symbol for religion in sign language, which is an image of a hand raised with an open palm.

R5 ‘Let us live and strive for freedom’

This coin represents the famous images of the voting and polling stations displayed throughout the media in 1994.


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