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        Two and a Half Cents 1961, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1965)
        CoinTwo and a Half Cents 1961

        The Rand currency was introduced in the then 香港大佬Union of South Africa香港大佬 on 14 February 1961, shortly before the establishment of the Republic on 31 May 1961. The 香港大佬First Decimal Coinage香港大佬 had a 香港大佬two-and-a-half-cent denomination香港大佬 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 香港大佬2 1/2 cents香港大佬 were short-lived as a circulating denomination though; 香港大佬the coin was discontinued after 1964香港大佬 when the second decimal coinage was introduced, in favour of a new 2 cents coin.

        Thus, 香港大佬coins issued in 1961 circulated for only four years香港大佬 until they were withdrawn in 1965.

        MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage299,530
        South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 1961 - obverse photo

        The obverse of the coin features the portrait of 香港大佬Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck香港大佬, known as 香港大佬Jan van Riebeeck香港大佬 (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 香港大佬WM香港大佬 (for Willie Myburg) are incuse on the shoulder truncation.

        Around left, the motto 香港大佬EENDRAG MAAK MAG香港大佬 in Afrikaans; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in English: 香港大佬UNITY IS STRENGTH香港大佬.

        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 香港大佬KG香港大佬 (for George Kruger Gray).

        Above, the date of issue: 香港大佬· 1961 ·香港大佬.

        Around left and around right, respectively the legend 香港大佬SUID-AFRIKA香港大佬 in Afrikaans and 香港大佬SOUTH AFRICA香港大佬 in English.

        Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination 香港大佬* 2? c. *香港大佬 (Two and a Half Cents).

        Reverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA · 1961 · SOUTH AFRICA * 2? c. *
        EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
        Two and a Half Cents 1961: Known varieties
        Variety Proof
        Mintage Issued: 7,530 (included in total)
        Royal Mint
        Royal Mint
        Two and a Half Cents 1961: Details
        CountrySouth Africa
        Coin TypeTwo and a Half Cents
        PortraitJan van Riebeeck (facing)
        Face Value2 1/2 (x Cent)
        Circulation Mintage292,000
        Total Mintage299,530
        CurrentNo; withdrawn 1965
        Material0.500 Silver
        DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray, Willie Myburg
        TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
        OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
        Size (mm)16.3000
        Thickness (mm)0.9600
        Mass (g)1.4140
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