½ Cent 1st decimal series

½ Cent (1st decimal series) -  obverse½ Cent (1st decimal series) -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Issuer South Africa
Period Republic of South Africa (1961-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1961-1964
Value 1/2 Cent (0.005 ZAR)
Currency Rand (1961-date)
Composition Brass
Weight 5.6 g
Diameter 25.6 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 3201
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 56,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Hern# R1-4
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.

Obverse

Portrait of Jan van Riebeeck (1619-1677),
Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town. The motto in Afrikaans and in English : "Power through Unity"

Lettering:
* EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH
W.M.

Designer: Willie Myburg

Reverse

Cape sparrows with legend around in English and Afrikaans, date above, denomination below

Lettering:
SUID-AFRIKA·1964·SOUTH AFRICA
KG
* 1/2C. *

Designer: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Smooth

Mint

Pretoria, South Africa

Comments

The Cape sparrow or Mossie (Binomial Name: Passer melanurus) is found largely in Southern Africa (South Africa & Namibia).

The 1/2 Cent replaced the old 1/2 Penny on 14 February 1961.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1961  39 189 000 $ 0.36 $ 0.28 $ 0.35 $ 0.50 $ 2.24 $ 1.96 64% Hern#R1
1961  7 530 1.1% Hern#R1; Proof
1962  17 895 000 $ 0.33 $ 0.26 $ 0.84 $ 0.92 $ 1.18 $ 1.37 35% Hern#R2
1962  3 844 0.6% Hern#R2; Proof
1963  11 611 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.28 $ 0.99 $ 0.63 $ 1.41 $ 1.88 26% Hern#R3
1963  4 025 0.6% Hern#R3; Proof
1964  9 258 000 $ 0.38 $ 0.50 $ 0.95 $ 2.02 $ 1.40 30% Hern#R4
1964  16 000 $ 6.65 2% Hern#R4; Proof

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