They came from far and wide to keep the most important date of their lives. From 26 to 28 April 1994, South Africa came to a halt as the entire nation flocked to the polling stations to determine their county's future. In the first South African Democratic elections held in 1994, more than 19 million citizens marked their ballot papers with a cross - a first for almost 16 million people!
On Tuesday, 10 May 1994, the eyes of more than 2000 million television viewers across the world were riveted on Pretoria where President Nelson Mandela took his Oath of Office at the Union Buildings. The sun rose and set over a country in Africa where the impossible had become a reality. A former political prisoner became president, while South Africans from opposing political camps together formed the Government of National Unity.
The 2004 Protea Launch Set was specially compiled to celebrate South Africa's fine achievement. It consists of the mintmark 1 oz Protea gold coin, the mintmark 1/10 oz Protea gold coin and the silver Protea coin.
The R25 (1 oz) 24 carat gold depicts former President Nelson Mandela with the Union Buildings in the background. The mintmark which features on the reverse side of the coin, is the official "10 Years of Freedom" logo.
The South African flag with the the pre-amble of the South African Constitution in miniature script forming the stripes of the flag, is shown on the reverse of the R5 (1/10 oz) 24 carat gold coin. The mintmark on the reverse side features the words "10 Years of Freedom".
The R1 sterling silver coin consists of a collage of South Africa's national symbols. Together these three coins coins depict all the symbols of the most remarkable event in the history of South Africa.
|Mass:||31.107g, 3.110g, 15.0g|
|Diameter:||32.69mm, 16.50mm, 32.69mm|
|Metal Content:||Au999.9, Au999.9, Ag925 Cu725|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||N van Niekerk, MJ Scheepers, A Minnie|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||AL Sutherland|
|Obverse Artist:||AL Sutherland|