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½ Cent 1st decimal series

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

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Country 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
References KM# 56,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Hern# R1-4
Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns
by Brian Hern
(JD Numismatic Corporation)

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.

Engraver: 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. *

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

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

Edge

Smooth

Comments

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

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1961  39,189,000 0.37 0.35 0.35 1.80 3.25 Hern#R1
1961  7,530 Hern#R1; Proof
1962  17,895,000 0.25 0.89 0.95 Hern#R2
1962  3,844 Hern#R2; Proof
1963  11,611,000 1.12 Hern#R3
1963  4,025 Hern#R3; Proof
1964  9,258,000 0.21 0.47 2.50 1.20 Hern#R4
1964  16,000 Hern#R4; Proof

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