Don’t Sell Your Mandela Coin Untill You Read This Article

Do you still have Mandela coin? Do you want to sell it? Read this article to understand the background of the Mandela coins.

In 2007 a rare Mandela proof R5 coin, minted in 2000, sold for R200 000 ($26 300). According to rare coin dealer SA Coin, this is one of only three coins in existence in such a perfect proof condition, and the value of these coins has increased by 4.4-million percent over the last seven years. SA Coin attributes this to the fact that Mandela is such a well-loved figure all over the world.

Security measures

The original R5 coin, which was part of a new South African coin series proposed in 1989, featured a black wildebeest, or white-tailed gnu, on the reverse. The black wildebeest is indigenous to Southern Africa and is one of two gnu species found here, the other being the blue wildebeest.

 

However, the first R5 coins were only minted in 1994, the year of the first democratic elections held in South Africa. Two R5 coins were released in that year, one to commemorate the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president and one featuring the black wildebeest. The original R5 coins were made of nickel-plated copper.

 

The R5 coin in circulation today is South Africa’s first bi-metal coin and was introduced in 2004 after extensive counterfeiting of the previous version. The new coin, which also features the coat of arms and the black wildebeest, has a number of built-in security features, among them a security groove on the rim of the coin, serrations on both sides of the security groove, the term “SARB 5” written 10 times around the security groove and “SARB” written 57 times in micro lettering on the reverse of the coin.

 

Since 1996 the words “South Africa” have been written on the obverse in all 11 official languages on an annual rotating basis.

The old R5 coin is still legal tender but is being phased out over time.

The New 2018 Mandela Coin

The South African Mint, a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) announced the launch of two new limited edition coins which pay tribute to struggle icon and former president, Nelson Mandela. The new 2018 Mandela Coin.

The new coins serve as a commemoration of Mandela’s legacy and what he stood for during the Apartheid era.

Notably, 2018 marks exactly a century since the birth of Mandela and the Mint aims to celebrate this milestone.

The two coins are visibly different in appearance, the one coin being bronze while the other is sterling silver.

The R50 bronze coin also depicts Mandela in his youth as a young lawyer while the R50 sterling silver coin portrays him as SA’s first democratic President.

 

Pricing of The New 2018 Mandela Coin

The bronze alloy coin is priced at R127 and tells its own tale, says Tumi Tsehlo, MD, South African Mint.

“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 and lonely years, he spent in prison, the entry-level bronze alloy coin is priced at R127.

With every coin purchased, R27 (VAT-free) will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation”.

Notably, the two coins are also the second installation in the “Celebrating South Africa” theme. The first installation being the 2017 OR Tambo Centenary range.

According to the SA Mint, the series serves to educate individuals on SA’s struggle icons.

“South Africans must never forget her heroes who stood up and against injustice and inequality to usher a new era of freedom and democracy. We hope their stories will continue to be told and heard every time someone holds a Madiba or Tambo commemorative coin,” adds Tsehlo.

“Collectability is a function of craftsmanship, quality and theme amongst other personal preferences. The Mandela series no doubt ticks all the boxes and will be an amazing addition to any collection, not only because of its design but also because of the enduring value of the theme.”

List of Areas Where You Can Sell Mandela Coins for Extra Cash in South Africa

The coins can be purchased for the South African Mint’s retail store in Centurion, Elegance Jewellers in Melrose Arch and various pop-up stores in malls around South Africa.

Tselo added that they will be announcing new products in the Mandela Centenary range.

Where can you buy and sell Mandela Coins in South Africa

Source: IOL