On January 8 2012, the African National Congress turned one hundred years old. This was a historic achievement for the movement, the people, the continent and the world. The "12 Presidents 100 Years" celebration commemorates 12 of the ANC Presidents that served over the 100 Year lifespan of the ANC.
The 1 oz Gold (Au 999.9) and 1 oz Silver (Ag 999) centenary set features one of the most well known ANC presidents, Nelson Mandela. The reverse of the medallion depicts the bust of President Nelson Mandela and features the years he served as President of the ANC, "1991-1997". The obverse features the "Unity in Diversity" logo. The coins are limited edition and have a maximum mintage of 2500.
The centenary is at first and foremost a milestone achievement of the ANC, as a liberation movement. It seeks to celebrate the proud traditions, values and principles that earned the movement an indelible place in the hearts, psyche and soul of South African people. It reflects the ANC in all its facets and dimensions, for example, mass mobilisation, the underground; armed struggle and international solidarity.
The formation of the ANC in 1912 was a culmination of the people's struggles against colonialism, and a bringing together of tribal resistance into a common, national struggle against international imperialism and national oppression. At the core of this struggle being the people's right to choose their own destiny as a united, non-racial, non-sexist nation. The mission of the ANC has always been to unite all South Africans - black and white - towards the attainment of freedom and a better life for all. Therein lay, at the core, the liberation of Africans, in particular, and the native South African people in general.
The African National Congress emerged out of Africa's battles for liberation and self-determination. The liberation movements on the African continent acted as an inspiration to the ANC and the people of the country, both in their resistance and their attainment of freedom for their people, respectively. Liberated Africa served as a home to exiled South Africans, not limited to those who were ANC members. The vision of a free, united and prosperous people refers to South Africans as it does to the continent as a whole. The ANC is Africa's oldest, living, national liberation movement, with much to share with and to learn from the continent.
The centenary is a world celebration. It is a recollection of the contribution of the world to the eradication of the draconian system of apartheid. It is a celebration of humanity and friendship across boundaries of race, creed and geographical location. It is a celebration of unity among people of the world, from all walks of life against evil; because never has the world united in one resolute manner as it did during the struggle for freedom in South Africa.
|Mass:||31.1 g, 31.1 g|
|Diameter:||38.00 mm, 38.00 mm|
|Metal Content:||Au 99.9, Ag 99.9|