Mandela 100th Birthday Coin Value: Honoring Mandela’s Legacy

2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and we are proud to honour his legacy with a new coin range.

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.


R50 bronze alloy

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


R50 1 oz sterling

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


R50 1 oz sterling

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


R50 1 oz sterling

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


R50 1 oz sterling

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


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The 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.

Source: SA Mint

Ten Most Valuable Coins in South Africa

Most of the time, the coins are usually treasured based on their face value which again is not often a lot. There are times where rare South African coins appreciate so much that they become worthy investment tools. Such coins are what drive most famous coin collections and grab attention for the prices they fetch at auctions. Several factors may drive a coin’s value to stratospheric values. The main ones are the rarity of the coin, the material it was made from, the purpose of the coins or what it is associated with and finally the condition of the coin at the point of its sale.

The rarity of a coin like any other item in the world makes it exclusive and drives up demand. Collectors seek to have it to complete their sets while investors want it for its appreciating value over time. The rarest coins tend to be the ones used years ago when they were not minted in mass, and a good number may have been lost or reminted over time leaving only a few ones in circulation.

Gold and silver coins also fetch higher prices given the value of the material used in their making. Coins released to commemorate historical occasions mean they will be rare and sought after for their emotional and historical significance too. Finally, coins close to the mint condition are highly valued, and that is why there is a great need for grading.

There are several South African valuable coins given the history of the country and the events that fill its past. These coins can be an attractive alternative investment option. Here is a look at ten of them;

1. 1899 Single 9 Pond

It is the only coin of its kind ever made which has made its value rank it among the most expensive coins of all time in the world. Its last sale done privately to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous saw it go for R20 million about $4 million. The story behind it is pretty impressive too. The coin was produced amid the Anglo-Boer war with the country then seeking international legitimacy. The country lacked the dies to allow coinage at home and so contracted a mint in Germany to produce the dies.

Unfortunately, the dies shipment was intercepted by the British forcing the government to use dies from 1898, the first coin made in South Africa had a single nine but it was found to be too intrusive to the President’s image, and a different set of coins had to be made. The first coin was the only one ever made and was sent to the US4 beginning its journey and legend.

2. 1899 Kruger double nine ponds

If the Kruger single nine ponds is the king of the South African coins, the double nine follow closely after. When the decision to change the dies used for the single nine was agreed, a standard currency output was produced of 137,000 one-pound coins. For some reason, 130 of these were then counter-stamped with the numerals 99 for the year of mint giving them their name of double 99 ponds. These 130 are very rare and very expensive fetching prices from R1, 500, 000 and more.

3. 1874 Burgers Pond Coarse Beard

The second batch of the Burgers ponds is significantly different from the first 695. The dies broke after the first batch had been made and a new die was used resulting in the coins having a coarse beard and the number 8 also appearing to be double-struck. Only 142 pieces were made, and the minting was halted after the negative reaction of the People’s Council to the action by the President when he presented 50 coins of the first lot. Their small amount means they are more expensive and may fetch upwards of R1, 000, 000.

4. 1898 Sammy Marks Tickey

These rare coins have an interesting story behind them. They never served as official currency but rather as mementoes as the then President Kruger allowed the mining businessman Sammy Marks the extremely rare privilege of using the state mint for one day in recognition of services rendered to the state.

The mining magnate made 215 gold pieces that were given as gifts to friends, family, the president and other members of the People’s Council. Their rarity and historical value have seen them sell for as much as R750, 000 in auctions.

5. 1874 Burgers Pond Fine Beard

In 1874, the then president of the Republic of South Africa decided to have indigenous coins made for South Africa. He sent a portrait of himself and the government’s coat of arms to the Republic’s Consul General JJ Pratt in London along with gold for the purpose obtained at the famous Pilgrim’s Rest. Six hundred ninety-five pieces were dispatched as the first batch that was known as the Fine Beard Burgers Pond.

They are extremely valuable fetching high sums in different auctions at one time the NGC MS65 certified coin, going for $94,000 at a 2014 USA auction. Their general price varies from R300, 000 to R700, 000 depending on quality.

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WhatsApp: Some Sells for R20 000

The New 2018 Mandela Coin

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6. 1902 VeldPond

The 1902 VeldPond coin is a legendary coin and with good reason too. There were only 986 pieces ever made, and they were made out of despair to create a mint that would allow the Boers buy items from the African tribes in their war against the British who were almost overwhelming them. This history also gives the coins their other names like oney of Necessity’ and iege Pieces’.

The coins are also known as ilgrim’s Rest’ coins after the location where they were minted. Each coin is unique as they were made from a handmade press using just one pair of dies and two men. Their price ranges from R150, 000 to upwards of R350, 000 depending on the condition.

7. 2008 Mandela 90th Birthday Coin

As their name suggests, these coins were released to celebrate the 90th birthday of the first black South African President’s 90th birthday. Given his global icon status and the limited edition of the coins, they have both sentimental and exclusivity value. They go as high as R250 000 in auctions.

8. 2018 Mandela’s 100th Birthday R5 coin

It is another coin to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Like the 2008 coins they were for the R5 denomination, yet their rarity and sentimental value see the ones in excellent condition going for R250, 000.

9. 1994 Mandela Inauguration Coin

Easily the one coin with much historical significance on this list. As with the other Mandela coins, they are in the R5 denomination value and were released for a limited period and quickly snatched up by collectors and investors they did not last much in general circulation. They go for upwards of R170, 000, and it is a good thing to quickly get one since the historical significance and rarity means their price is only going up.

You may also read the following:

Sell Mandela Coins on BirOrBuy

Coins from 1965 Pays Up to R30 000

WhatsApp: Some Sells for R20 000

The New 2018 Mandela Coin

Places to Buy and Sell Bitcoins in South Africa: Open A Free Account

10. 1893-1894 Kruger half ponds

These are the rarest of all the regular Kruger coins especially the ones bearing the year 1893 even though the first single shaft half ponds (named after the image of a one shaft ox wagon on them) were made in 1894. This rarity sees them fetch high prices for such standard coins starting at R200, 000.

The above are some of the most valuable coins South Africa has, and they can make up a significant investment. The critical thing when collecting rare South African pints is always look out for the grading and try different but reputable sellers to find the best possible price and wait for the value to go high before selling.


The New Krugerrand Available But Limited: Get Your Krugerrand When it is still available

On the 50th anniversary of the Krugerrand, the South African Mint Company (SA Mint) is celebrating the universally recognised gold bullion coin with a new fine silver and platinum range, as well as new sizes in the traditional gold range.

Krugerrand Buyers in South Africa

The collectable Krugerrand range is issued in limited quantities, bearing the characteristic design of the South African springbok and all bear a distinctive 50th anniversary ‘privy’ or ‘mint’ mark.

The flagship offering in the anniversary range is the limited edition 50 ounce gold coin, fifty times as big as the standard Krugerrand and only 55 coins are available for purchase. The 50 oz coin is a premium product, packaged in a custom-made gold and black casing.

The golden legacy of the Krugerrand is cultivated in the rest of the gold proof coin range with the 5 ounce gold coin of which only 500 have been minted as well as the much smaller 1/20 ounce (12,000 available) and 1/50 ounce (50 000 available).

The ‘proof’ quality gold, silver and platinum collectable coins have a high gloss finish that accentuates the fine detail of the coins’ design, while the Premium Uncirculated fine silver coins boast a cutting-edge matte finish.

“Producing the once off platinum & silver Krugerrands under the same brand that is synonymous with South African gold coinage is our unique way to commemorate the historic influence of the coin on the gold bullion investment market,” says Tumi Tsehlo, MD, SA Mint.

To further commemorate the 50th anniversary, the SA Mint, has also launched a series of chic limited edition fashion accessories featuring bracelets, scarfs and lapel pins. The SA Mint will also be promoting its range of coins with a pop-up shop inside Elegance Jewellers, Melrose Arch in July to mark the occasion.

The South African Mint partnered with Elegance Jewellers to launch a selection of exquisite Krugerrand bracelets and lapel pins as well as a patterned silk scarf in association with Blandat. The 50th anniversary accessories will be available at the Melrose Arch store as well as at SA Mint’s Coin World retail store in Centurion.

The beautiful waxed cord bracelets are produced as part of Elegance’s in-house brand, Nom-Nom and feature the daintiest of Krugerrands; a 1/50oz, 22ct gold coin on the one side and a delicate 9ct gold ‘50’ clasp on the other side. The bracelets are available in a variety of colors and styles that allow the wearer individualistic flair.

They are available in two styles – a smooth cord giving the jewellery a more delicate and feminine look or a knotted cord for those who prefer their jewellery more chunky and bold.

The most delicate 22ct 1/50 ounce gold Krugerrand coin has been converted into a beautiful lapel pin. Adding a solid gold pin to your suit or blazer allows you to customise your look to your own personal style

The scarfs are a result of a collaboration with one of South Africa’s most creative textile designers, Blandat. The unique and colourful silk scarfs are hand-finished masterpieces that pays homage to the Krugerrand, an iconic symbol of South Africa’s distinctive heritage.

Layered with reference to South Africa’s dynamic landscapes, the scarf brings in elements of traditional wax cloth, cowrie shells and bead work. Alongside global scarf motifs like ropes and chains, the design is inspired by South Africa’s rainbow nation, with a bright and colourful palette that is held together through gold and shots of neon pink. The energy is very South African – positive, modern and bright.

Just like the Krugerrand, the scarf carries weight in intricate detailing and is an example of highly creative craftsmanship. Alongside the central coin, highlights include the aloe flower and serration interpretation.

“Given the Krugerrand’s rich heritage and proud tradition, we wanted the limited edition accessories to be relevant to the cause espoused by the brand – fashioning savings. Now you can wear the Krugerrand and join the legion of the iconic coin’s fans.”

“South Africans who are united by their shared love of the Krugerrands can now collect these limited edition accessories and coins to celebrate their pride,” says Tsehlo in conclusion.

Source: SA Mint

How to Pay Dstv [Here are Few Options to use Now]

How do I pay DStv in South Africa?

There are several DStv payment options that you can choose from when making your DStv subscription payment, and one of which is through debit order. What this means is that you give DStv a standing order to deduct your subscription charge from your bank account every month. You can also use the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) method to pay DStv. If you have an account with FNB, Nedbank, Standard Bank or Absa, you will be able to pay through the USSD code.

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Other methods are using the QR code which you can find online and on your MultiChoice statement through your internet banking, the link that comes with the subscription reminder SMS which you get from them, or through credit card payment at any Agency or Service Centre. You can also pay at an Absa branch or via the ATM. The MultiChoice banking details are available at the bank for your use.

DStv online payment

Like others, DStv has made subscriptions easier for everyone who enjoys their service, and so, instead of subscribing through their agents or locating the nearest bank around to make a payment, you can do that online. With this, the stress, pain, and whatever hardships you go through before you subscribe are adequately taken care of. Also, South Africa’s big banks such as Nedbank, Capitec Bank, Standard Bank and FNB who have online and cellphone banking services for their customers have also made the monthly subscriptions easy.

With the DStv self service platform, making your monthly DStv payment has become a lot easier. More so, the exciting aspect of it is that not only can you pay for your subscription, you can also make payments for other people. Should you also be overseas, you can also pay (depending on the country that you operate from); all you have to do is to get the details of the person that you want to pay for and verify on their portal to ensure that you are paying for the right person.

How do I pay DStv Online?

If you are concerned with how to pay DStv online, bear in mind that you can pay through their official website or your bank’s online banking platform (if it is one of the enabled banks).

DStv payment online through the official website

Your first option is paying through the official website of the company, and to get that done, the following are the steps that you can take:

  • First of all, visit the official website of DStv.
  • Under Services, choose “Make a secure payment” option.
  • After you have been redirected, select your country and also enter your Smart card number.
  • Then, you will see a captcha text which you should carefully enter, and afterwards, click on the “Verify” button.
  • Check the amount that you are expected to pay by clicking on “View balance and pay” option on the payment summary page.
  • Then, click on the “Pay button”, and after that, you will see the Payment Subscription page containing specific information on your account.
  • Select “eTranzact payment” as your option and then BankIT. Enter your bank account number, and after that, you will be given a 6-digit generated password.
  • After you have filled it in, click on submit. Dial *389*00# with the phone number that is registered with your bank account to receive an OTP.
  • Enter the code in the required place and click the “Pay’ button. Once you have done all these, you should get a response stating the successful completion of your subscription.

DStv payment using cellphone banking

Another option available to you when paying for your DStv subscription is to use the cellphone banking app. Although not all the banks’ apps like the Absa cellphone banking app have the DStv payment option, the enabled ones have the DStv banking details preconfigured on their apps. By implication, you do not necessarily need to go in search for their account details before the payment is made; following the steps helps you to get things done without stress. Here are the steps to follow for some of the banks that offer the service:

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How to pay DStv online using Capitec bank

These are the simplified steps that you can take to make your DStv payment with Capitec cellphone banking:

  • Once you are logged in on the mobile app, choose “Transact”.
  • Then, select “Payments”, and after which, you will enter your secret Remote PIN to sign in.
  • Select “Add Beneficiary” (you will find this at the bottom side of the screen).
  • Also, select “Capitec-registered” from the options and enter DStv.
  • Select the correct account (either Multichoice DStv or Box Office DStv).
  • Next, input your DStv account number and once you have done that, select “Next”.
  • Enter the amount of money that you want to pay and then select “Pay”.
  • Input your secret Remote PIN to effect the transaction, and then you will be good to go.
DStv payment using cellphone banking

Nedbank instant payment

How do I pay DStv via Nedbank? Here is how you can go about that using “My eBills” from Nedbank:

Step 1 – Log on to your Nedbank internet banking portal.

Step 2 – Choose the “My eBills™” option.

Step 3 – Then, choose the “Subscribe” option and also from whom you would like to receive the bill.

Step 4 – Pick the “Pay Bills” option and then scroll through the list of all your subscribed bills, and select DStv.

Step 6 – Lastly, submit the payment, and you are good to go.

DStv contacts

In case you encounter any difficulty, you can always visit them at any of their centres, or you can contact them on the phone using the following DStv customer number depending on your location:

Randburg centre

Address: Corner Oak Avenue and Grove Street,



Tel: (011) 289 2222

Cape Town centre

Address: MultiChoice Customer Centre,

Willie Faasen Avenue,

N1 City

Tel: (021) 508 2222

Durban centre

Address: Sky Towers,

275 Anton Lembede Street,

Durban Central

Tel: (031) 710 2222

Umhlanga centre

Address: The Glass House,

309 Umhlanga Rocks Drive,

Umhlanga Rocks

Tel: (031) 710 2222

Centurion centre

Address: Lakeside Building A,

First floor, Gordon Hood Road (next to Centurion Mall)

Tel: (012) 422 2222

From the information that has been shared above, you will see that life is now made easier with the latest DStv payment options that have been made available to subscribers. Depending on your choice, you can make do with any of the payment options that are available to you. And guess what? With these options, you do not have to stress yourself to pay and more importantly, you can enjoy the service without any interruption.

How to Pay Dstv with Capitec Mobile App

It is really easy to pay your DStv account via your Capitec App on your mobile phone.

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  1. Open your Capitec Bank app
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Transact
  1. Click “Transact”
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Payments
  1. Click “Payments”
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Secret Pin
  1. Sign in with your secret Remote PIN
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Add Beneficiary
  1. Click on the hamburger menu icon in the top right hand corner
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Add Capitec Registered
  1. Select “Capitec-registered” beneficiary
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Search
  1. Search for “DStv” or “Multichoice”
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Search DSTV
  1. Choose the correct amount – either Box Office DStv or Multichoice DStv
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Account number
  1. Enter your DStv account number
  1. Choose Next
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Amount
  1. Enter the amount you want to pay
  1. Click Pay
How To Pay My DStv Account With The CApitec App On My Mobile Phone Confirm
  1. Click Yes to confirm you want to pay the amount shown
  1. Enter your secret remote pin to confirm.

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