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        Two and a Half Cents 1962, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1965)
        CoinTwo and a Half Cents 1962

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

        Thus, 箜饭coins issued in 1962 circulated for only three years箜饭 until they were withdrawn in 1965.

        MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage12,589
        South Africa / Two and a Half Cents 1962 - obverse photo

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

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

        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 箜饭KG箜饭 (for George Kruger Gray).

        Above, the date of issue: 箜饭· 1962 ·箜饭.

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

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

        Reverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA · 1962 · SOUTH AFRICA * 2? c. *
        EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
        Two and a Half Cents 1962: Known varieties
        Variety Proof
        Mintage Issued: 3,844 (included in total)
        Royal Mint
        Royal Mint
        Two and a Half Cents 1962: Details
        CountrySouth Africa
        Coin TypeTwo and a Half Cents
        PortraitJan van Riebeeck (facing)
        Face Value2 1/2 (x Cent)
        Circulation Mintage8,745
        Total Mintage12,589
        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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