Nelson Mandela has been on the face of every South African bank note
denomination (10-, 20-, 50-, 100-, and 200-rand issues) since 2012.
With the hundredth anniversary of Mandela’s birth on the horizon, the
South African Reserve Bank announced that as part of the birthday
celebrations, a new commemorative banknote series of all five
denominations, as well as a 5-rand coin will be issued on July 18, the
date of his birth.
The bank said that although the new notes will be commemorative in
nature, the intention is that they will circulate alongside the
existing regular issues.
Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said, “Nelson Mandela represented the
best version of ourselves as South Africans. We unveiled the current
Mandela series of banknotes in 2012 to honour him. While preserving
the value of money is our main mandate, our purpose is to be a bastion
of institutional strength, contributing to a stable and prosperous
economy that serves the well-being of all South Africans, and guided
in part by Madiba’s values.”
Madiba is Mandela’s Xhosa clan name and is used as a sign of respect
More information on the designs will be provided by the bank closer
to the issue date.
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