20 Cents SUID-AFRIKA - SOUTH AFRICA

20 Cents (SUID-AFRIKA - SOUTH AFRICA) -  obverse20 Cents (SUID-AFRIKA - SOUTH AFRICA) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer South Africa
Period Republic of South Africa (1961-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1970-1990
Value 20 Cents
0.20 ZAR = USD 0.011
Currency Rand (1961-date)
Composition Nickel
Weight 6.0 g
Diameter 24.2 mm
Thickness 1.84 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 1787
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 86,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Hern# D165-170, 172-173, 175-176, 178-185,
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# 125
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Arms of South Africa with the motto "Ex Unitate Vires" (Power Through Unity), legend around and the date below.

Lettering:
SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
EX UNITATE VIRES
T.S.
1980

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.

Reverse

A Royal Protea, South Africa's national flower and the value to the left, engraver's initials at the bottom.

Lettering:
20
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

Plain

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).


Reverse with Royal Protea flower was in use from 1965 till 1990 and is known in 2 types.
Die A - digits in 20 connect with slits in 0 for tail of 2, pentels above 20 with midribs.
Die B - digits in 20 connect with tail of 2 over 0, pentels above 20 narrow and without midribs.


Combinations
A: 1965-1969 all issues, 1970 MS (?).
B: 1970 MS, 1970 PS, 1971-1990 all issues.

Abbreviations
MS - mint set, PS - proof set.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1970  14 000 $ 6.13 1.7% Hern#D165; 'T.S.'
1970  10 000 $ 1.73 0.8% Hern#D165; 'T.S.'; Proof
1971  5 893 000 $ 0.21 $ 0.21 $ 0.22 $ 0.43 $ 0.96 15% Hern#D166; 'T.S.'
1971  12 000 0.8% Hern#D166; 'T.S.'; Proof
1972  9 069 000 $ 0.27 $ 0.27 $ 0.27 $ 0.37 18% Hern#D167; 'T.S.'
1972  10 000 $ 0.33 1.0% Hern#D167; 'T.S.'; Proof
1973  20 000 $ 0.48 1.5% Hern#D168; 'T.S.'
1973  10 850 $ 1.44 0.5% Hern#D168; 'T.S.'; Proof
1974  2 436 000 $ 0.26 $ 0.26 $ 0.26 $ 0.26 14% Hern#D169; 'T.S.'
1974  15 000 0.7% Hern#D169; 'T.S.'; Proof
1975  12 982 000 $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 0.29 16% Hern#D170; 'T.S.'
1975  18 000 0.7% Hern#D170; 'T.S.'; Proof
1977  30 650 000 $ 0.28 $ 0.29 $ 0.42 $ 0.42 $ 0.48 26% Hern#D172; 'T.S.'
1977  19 000 0.8% Hern#D172; 'T.S.'; Proof
1978  10 049 000 $ 0.23 $ 0.23 $ 0.25 $ 0.34 11% Hern#D173; 'T.S.'
1978  19 000 $ 0.72 0.8% Hern#D173; 'T.S.'; Proof
1980  13 335 000 $ 0.28 $ 0.28 $ 0.28 $ 0.35 $ 0.58 13% Hern#D175; 'T.S.'
1980  15 000 0.7% Hern#D175; 'T.S.'; Proof
1981  8 534 000 $ 0.25 $ 0.27 $ 0.33 $ 0.48 14% Hern#D176; 'T.S.'
1981  10 000 0.5% Hern#D176; 'T.S.'; Proof
1983  25 667 000 $ 0.18 $ 0.19 $ 0.29 $ 0.44 $ 0.44 $ 0.44 15% Hern#D178; 'T.S.'
1983  14 000 0.6% Hern#D178; 'T.S.'; Proof
1984  31 607 000 $ 0.25 $ 0.48 $ 0.60 $ 0.83 16% Hern#D179; no initials
1984  11 000 0.7% Hern#D179; no initials; Proof
1985  29 329 000 $ 0.23 $ 0.47 $ 0.47 $ 0.47 $ 0.48 14% Hern#D180; 'A L S'
1985  9 859 0.6% Hern#D180; 'A L S'; Proof
1986  11 408 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.48 7% Hern#D181; 'A L S'
1986  7 100 0.6% Hern#D181; 'A L S'; Proof
1987  36 904 000 $ 0.25 $ 0.48 13% Hern#D182; 'A L S'
1987  6 781 0.5% Hern#D182; 'A L S'; Proof
1988  43 115 000 $ 0.19 $ 0.29 $ 0.39 $ 0.42 $ 0.48 17% Hern#D183; 'A L S'
1988  7 250 0.6% Hern#D183; 'A L S'; Proof
1989  $ 0.29 $ 0.32 $ 0.34 $ 0.40 16% Hern#D184; 'A L S'
1989  0.5% Hern#D184; 'A L S'; Proof
1990  98 512 000 $ 0.38 $ 0.38 $ 0.41 $ 0.50 16% Hern#D185; 'A L S'

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