|Coin Type||Two and a Half Cents|
The Rand currency was introduced in the then dnf第一使徒Union of South Africadnf第一使徒 on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. The dnf第一使徒First Decimal Coinagednf第一使徒 had a dnf第一使徒two-and-a-half-cent denominationdnf第一使徒 replacing the pre-decimal threepence coin which had the same mass and dimensions. The new coins were 50% silver and retained the dimensions and reverse design of the threepence created in 1925 by George Kruger Gray, featuring a Protea flower.
The dnf第一使徒2 1/2 centsdnf第一使徒 were short-lived as a circulating denomination though; dnf第一使徒the coin was discontinued after 1964dnf第一使徒 when the second decimal coinage was introduced, in favour of a new 2 cents coin.
In 1997, the South African Mint started issuing Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) 2 1/2 cents coins in a new series known - from the flower featuring on the coin - as the dnf第一使徒Protea coin seriesdnf第一使徒, issued in a "Crown and Tickey" set (dnf第一使徒tickeydnf第一使徒 being the nickname of the coin), together with a Crown piece (one ounce silver), with new themes every year.
The obverse of the coin features the portrait of dnf第一使徒Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeckdnf第一使徒, known as dnf第一使徒Jan van Riebeeckdnf第一使徒 (1619-1677), Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town and considered by many people to be the founding father of the South African nation. The designer's initials dnf第一使徒WMdnf第一使徒 (for Willie Myburg) are incuse on the shoulder truncation.
Around left, the motto dnf第一使徒EENDRAG MAAK MAGdnf第一使徒 in Afrikaans; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in English: dnf第一使徒UNITY IS STRENGTHdnf第一使徒.
|Obverse Inscription||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
At centre, a king protea flower in bloom. To the right of the base of it's stem, the designer's initials dnf第一使徒KGdnf第一使徒 (for George Kruger Gray).
Above, the date of issue: dnf第一使徒· [year] ·dnf第一使徒.
Around left and around right, respectively the legend dnf第一使徒SUID-AFRIKAdnf第一使徒 in Afrikaans and dnf第一使徒SOUTH AFRICAdnf第一使徒 in English.
Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination dnf第一使徒* 2? c. *dnf第一使徒 (Two and a Half Cents).
|Reverse Inscription||SUID-AFRIKA · [year] · SOUTH AFRICA * 2? c. *|
The likeness on the obverse of the coin is based on a portrait painted by Dirck Craey which is now in the possession of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum; it is now thought that the painting was actually of another Dutchman named Bartholomeus Vermuyden, and not of Jan van Riebeeck.
|Two and a Half Cents 1961||299,530||dnf第一使徒Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1962||12,589||dnf第一使徒Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1963||37,025||dnf第一使徒Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|
|Two and a Half Cents 1964||30,000||dnf第一使徒Jan van Riebeeck (facing)||EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *|