January 5, 2021
1961 South Africa Long Proof Set gold and silver LOW MINTAGE
GOLD 1&2 RAND & SILVER COIN. LONG PROOF COIN SETS. GOLD 1 R and 2 R coin issued from 1961 to 1983. The decimal rand currency was introduced in South Africa in February 1961, after the referendum of November 1960 which established autonomy from the British Empire , but before the new status came into effect in May 1961. The coins bear the forward-facing portrait of Jan van Riebeeck on the obverse. The initial circulation coins of the Republic were the following. 2½ cents (replaced 3d). 5 cents (replaced 6d). 10 cents (replaced 1s). 20 cents (replaced 2s). 50 cents (replaced 5s). The coins initially had the same size as the former South African coins. All except the ½ and 1 cent coins were in silver. The previous South African farthing coin (1/4d) and half-a-crown (2s and 6d) were not continued in decimal currency. The images were kept the same on the reverse of the new silver coins as per the replaced Union silver coins. In addition, two bullion coins with denominations of 1 R and 2 R were issued, replacing the gold half-pound and pound coins introduced in 1952. Both the pound and the rand gold coins matched the specifications of the British half-sovereign and sovereign (minted, among others, at the Pretoria branch mint until 1932), including the gold alloy (crown gold) with a fineness of 22 carat (91.67%). The reverse of the gold rand coins features the well-known springbok illustration designed by Coert Steynberg for the 5-shilling coin introduced in 1948. The item “1961 South Africa Long Proof Set gold and silver LOW MINTAGE” is in sale since Friday, November 13, 2020. This item is in the category “Coins\Coins\World\Africa”. The seller is “mueslihill123″ and is located in London. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: South Africa
- Year of Issue: 1961
- Country: South Africa