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Mandela Coins

For a beginning or a serious collector, the Mandela coins are a must have. This series of coins includes the Presidential Inauguration Coins of 1994, the Nelson Mandela Birthday Coins of 2008 and the Millennium Coins of 2000. Each coin is rich in detail to celebrate Nelson Mandela's routed history in South Africa.

The Presidential Inauguration Coins

The inauguration coins have an ounce of gold included within them and are of a single colour due to this process. A depiction of the union buildings appears on the R5 Mandela Presidential Inauguration coins. It was there that Mandela experienced his swearing in as President of South Africa as the first black president of the country. The old coat of arms of South Africa appears on the coins as well.

The Nelson Mandela Millennium Coins

These coins were released in 2000 to commemorate Manela's retiring from office. This coin depicts the smiling politician on one side and the coat of arms on the other. Since, some of these coins are uncirculated, they are very rare.

The Mandela 90th Birthday Coins

The Mandela 90th Birthday Coins were released in 2008. It coincided with the his actual birthday to celebrate 90 years of his life. The birthday coins, also called the Mandiba R5 coins, were released into circulation in July. Mandiba is the native clan that Nelson Mandela was a member. This example of the South African Rand, known also as the ZAR, quickly became a new collectible.

The coin offers a depiction of the bust of Mandela on its face. This coin is bimetallic, which means it contains two metals which reflect the two different colours visible on the coins. The reverse of the coin bears the coat of arms of South Africa as well. The outer edge of the coin is coloured in silver. The two languages of South Africa, as Suid Africa and Afrika Borwa, are also exhibited on the coin.

Even if you are not a coin collector, you may want a collection of the Mandela coins for yourself or your children as a commemorative honour. A quick search for the Mandela coins of South Africa will reap huge rewards as both used and new uncirculated coins are available.