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The Republic of South Africa, situated at the southern part of the African continent, was founded on 31 May 1961, away from British rule and introduced a decimal coin series as a result. However, the predecessor of the Republic was the Union of South Africa, formed on 31 May 1910 out of 4 British Colonies: The Transvaal, Free State, Cape Colony and Natal. The first Europeans, the Dutch (1652-1795, 1803-1806), settled in the Cape in 1652, after which the English came (1795-1803, 1806-1960). Today, after the democratic elections of 1994, South Arica has three Capitols, Pretoria as the executive, Cape Town as the Legislative and Bloemfontein as the judicial. In 1923 the first coins in the Pound Sterling series were issued, depicting the British Monarch. Like all Pound sterling series, 12 Pennies make a Shilling and 20 Shillings a Pound. With the introduction of the decimal series in 1961, decimal coins of equal size and value to the Pound series were produced to ease the transition (1961 to 1964). In 1965 the second decimal series were introduced, radically reducing the size of the coins. In 1989/90 the current and third decimal series of coins were introduced, again reducing size, introducing a circulation 2 Rand coin for the first time and the first 5 Rand coin to follow in 1994. The Kruger Rand, made of pure gold, was the first (starting in 1967) international investment coin produced worldwide, and is still very popular. The country has 11 official languages (resulting in 10 different spellings of the name South Africa), and these are rotated on the coins from year to year. With a size of 1,221,037 km² (471,445 square miles) it is the 24th largest country in the world, boasting a population of more than 57 million people. South Africa is the birthplace of the legendary Nelson Mandela, who served as president from 1994 to 1999. Read more

See also: South Africa - Pre-Union

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Rand (Gold Bullion Coinage)

25 Rand / 1 Ounce (FW de Klerk and NR Mandela)
2007
Non-circulating coin : Protea Series - Nobel Prize Winners
Gold (.9999) • 31.11 g • ⌀ 32.69 mm
KM# 409, Hern# COM29
100 Rand / 1 Ounce (Natura - Elephant)
2008
Non-circulating coin : Giants of Africa series
Gold (.9999) • 31.11 g • ⌀ 32.69 mm
KM# 450, Hern# NAT71, Hern# NAT75

Rand (Silver Bullion Coinage)

2½ Cents (Knysna Seahorse)
1997
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 174, Hern# Nm1
2½ Cents (African Penguin)
1998
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 176, Hern# Nm2
2½ Cents (Great White Shark)
1999
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 217, Hern# Nm3
2½ Cents (Octopus)
2000
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 233, Hern# Nm4
2½ Cents (Dolphin)
2001
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 242, Hern# Nm5
2½ Cents (Whales)
2002
Non-circulating coin : Marine Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 282, Hern# NM6
2½ Cents (Eagles)
2003
Non-circulating coin : Birds of Prey Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 285, Hern# Nm7
2½ Cents (Owl)
2004
Non-circulating coin : Birds of Prey Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 283, Hern# Nm8
2½ Cents (Vultures)
2005
Non-circulating coin : Birds of Prey Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 384, Hern# Nm9
2½ Cents (Secretary Birds)
2006
Non-circulating coin : Birds of Prey Series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 349, Hern# Nm10
2½ Cents (International Polar year)
2007
Non-circulating coin : International Polar Year
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 350, Hern# Nm11
2½ Cents (Polar Year)
2008
Non-circulating coin : International Polar Year
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 350, Hern# Nm12
2½ Cents (Vasco de Gama)
2009
Non-circulating coin : Maritime History of South Africa series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 480, Hern# Nm13
2½ Cents (Scot, Mail Steamship)
2010
Non-circulating coin : Maritime History of South Africa series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 537, Hern# Nm14
2½ Cents (Van Der Stel)
2011
Non-circulating coin : Maritime History of South Africa series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 519, Hern# Nm15
2½ Cents (Gautrain)
2012
Non-circulating coin : Trains of South Africa series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
KM# 556, Hern# Nm16
2½ Cents (Class 35 Diesel-Electric Locomotive)
2013
Non-circulating coin : Trains of South Africa series
Silver (.925) • 1.41 g • ⌀ 16.3 mm
Hern# Nm17