50 Cents SOUTH AFRICA - SUID-AFRIKA

50 Cents (SOUTH AFRICA - SUID-AFRIKA) -  obverse50 Cents (SOUTH AFRICA - SUID-AFRIKA) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer South Africa
Period Republic of South Africa (1961-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1970-1990
Value 50 Cents
0.50 ZAR = USD 0.031
Currency Rand (1961-date)
Composition Nickel
Weight 9.5 g
Diameter 27.85 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 1786
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 87,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
Hern# D200-205, 207-208, 210-211, 213-220,
Brian Hern, John Bothma, Hercie Peterse; 2017. Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns 2017/18 (9th edition). Gary Levitan, Ferndale, South Africa.
Schön# 126
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

South Africa coat of arms with the motto "Ex Unitate Vires" (Power Through Unity). Country name both in English and Afrikaans.

Lettering:
SOUTH AFRICA · SUID-AFRIKA
EX UNITATE VIRES
1987 A.L.S

Engraver: Arthur Sutherland

Reverse

Three flowers, all native to South Africa - from left to right :
- An Arum Lily ;
- An African Lily ;
- A Bird-of-Paradise.

Lettering: 50 T.S.

Engraver: Tommy Sasseen

Tommy Sasseen was apprenticed and employed as die sinker at the South African Mint, Pretoria, from 1950 to 1974. Tommy Sasseen's initials appear on many coins of South Africa and Rhodesia. Sometimes he produced the designs, on other occasions he only modelled or engraved them.

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Obverse engraver initials varieties exist:
1970-83 - 'T.S.' below base of Coat of Arms right hand side (Tommy Sasseen)
1984       -  no engraver initials (Arthur Sutherland)
1985-89 - 'A.L.S.' below base of Coat of Arms left hand side (Arthur Sutherland)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1970  4 098 000 $ 0.42 $ 1.04 $ 1.14 $ 1.56 23% Hern#D200; 'T.S.'
1970  10 000 1.1% Hern#D200; 'T.S.'; Proof
1971  5 062 000 $ 0.52 $ 0.52 $ 0.58 $ 0.66 16% Hern#D201; 'T.S.'
1971  12 000 1.0% Hern#D201; 'T.S.'; Proof
1972  771 000 $ 1.17 6% Hern#D202; 'T.S.'
1972  10 000 $ 0.44 0.9% Hern#D202; 'T.S.'; Proof
1973  1 042 999 $ 0.50 $ 0.50 7% Hern#D203; 'T.S.'
1973  10 850 0.9% Hern#D203; 'T.S.'; Proof
1974  1 942 000 $ 0.72 $ 0.72 $ 0.72 $ 0.72 14% Hern#D204; 'T.S.'
1974  15 000 $ 3.12 1.2% Hern#D204; 'T.S.'; Proof
1975  4 888 000 $ 1.44 $ 1.44 12% Hern#D205; 'T.S.'
1975  18 000 1.0% Hern#D205; 'T.S.'; Proof
1977  10 196 000 $ 0.42 $ 0.52 $ 0.71 $ 0.79 $ 0.93 21% Hern#D207; 'T.S.'
1977  19 000 1.1% Hern#D207; 'T.S.'; Proof
1978  5 071 000 $ 0.77 $ 0.77 10% Hern#D208; 'T.S.'
1978  17 000 0.8% Hern#D208; 'T.S.'; Proof
1980  4 268 000 $ 0.71 $ 0.83 8% Hern#D210; 'T.S.'
1980  15 000 0.9% Hern#D210; 'T.S.'; Proof
1981  5 681 000 $ 0.46 $ 1.56 10% Hern#D211; 'T.S.'
1981  10 000 0.7% Hern#D211; 'T.S.'; Proof
1983  5 150 000 $ 0.71 $ 1.04 8% Hern#D213; 'T.S.'
1983  14 000 $ 2.04 0.7% Hern#D213; 'T.S.'; Proof
1984  9 687 000 $ 0.45 $ 0.73 $ 0.84 $ 0.99 12% Hern#D214; no initials
1984  11 000 0.7% Hern#D214; no initials; Proof
1985  13 339 000 $ 0.71 $ 1.04 12% Hern#D215; 'A.L.S.'
1985  9 859 0.6% Hern#D215; 'A.L.S.'; Proof
1986  2 294 000 $ 0.78 4% Hern#D216; 'A.L.S.'
1986  7 100 0.8% Hern#D216; 'A.L.S.'; Proof
1987  19 071 000 $ 0.41 $ 1.04 14% Hern#D217; 'A.L.S.'
1987  6 781 0.7% Hern#D217; 'A.L.S.'; Proof
1988  27 698 000 $ 0.38 $ 0.38 $ 0.38 $ 0.83 17% Hern#D218; 'A.L.S.'
1988  7 250 0.8% Hern#D218; 'A.L.S.'; Proof
1989  $ 0.75 $ 1.04 11% Hern#D219; 'A.L.S.'
1989  0.5% Hern#D219; 'A.L.S.'; Proof
1990  29 442 000 $ 0.64 $ 0.64 12% Hern#D220; 'A.L.S.'

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