The Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Celebration Set honours former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who celebrated his 90th birthday on the 18th of July 2008.
A R5 circulation coin was issued on the 18th of July 2008 to commemorate this event. The coin features the much loved Nelson Mandela on the reverse of the coin wearing his iconic "Madiba" shirt. This is the first time ever that a former President has featured twice on the same denomination and in the same circulation coin series. Nelson Mandela was first depicted on the obverse of the R5 circulation coin issued in 2000, a year after he left office.
The R5 circulation coin included in this set is a proof quality coin. Each coin has been individually struck to the highest quality. It is distinguished by the polished background which contrasts with the modelled areas of the coin. The edge rimming features a line pattern, as well as the miniature letters "SARB" (South African Reserve Bank) and "R5".The miniature lettering "SARB" is repeated on the reverse side of the coin. Both the word "RAND" and the portrait of Nelson Mandela lie over both metal sections.
The bi-metal proof quality medallion depicts Nelson Mandela as a young man wearing traditional royal attire. The 1/2 oz, 24 carat gold inner features the words "90th Birthday" together with the portrait of Nelson Mandela on the reverse side. The South African coat of arms is depicted on the obverse side of the gold inner. The outer ring is made from sterling silver with the word "Madiba" and the words "Father of a Nation" appearing on the reverse side. Nelson Mandela's birth date "18 July 1918" and his full name "Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela" are shown on the obverse side of the outer ring.
The overall combination of the two designs aims to feature an official historical glimpse of Nelson Mandela's life. To record for generations to come, one of South Africa's most beloved and legendary icons — Mr Nelson R Mandela.
|Mass:||9.5g, Inner 15.553g Outer 8.9g|
|Diameter:||26mm, Inner 27mm Outer 38.725mm|
|Metal Content:||Bi-metal alloy, Inner Au 999.9 Outer Ag925 Cu 75|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||N van Niekerk|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||Inner 24ct gold|
|Maximum Mintage:||5 000|