To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Election of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, the Bank of Sierra Leone has approved the release of a stunning coin.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in South Africa on 18th July 1918 and was to become South Africa's first black President in 1994. A legendary figure of the African National Congress, Mandela was imprisoned from 1964 until 1990 for opposing South Africa's white minority government and it's policy of racial separation, known as apartheid. Instead of disappearing from view during this time, Mandela became a martyr and worldwide symbol of resistance to racism. Released from prison in February 1990, he returned to his life's work that he and others had started almost 40 years before. In 1993, Mandela and the president who released him, F W de Klerk, shared the Nobel Peace Prize. He was elected President of South Africa in 1994 and served until 1999.
The coin itself depicts the head of Nelson Mandela with a Springbok, the South African animal that appears on the Krugerrand, incorporated into the design. Mandela's 1994 campaign slogan, "A Better Life For All' is also featured on the coin. The obverse carries the Coat of Arms of Sierra Leone. This coin has been struck four times to produce a superlative proof finish.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|