The 2012 Protea Coin Series is themed "The Greatest South African Love Story" featuring Walter and Albertina Sisulu. Walter Sisulu (1912-2003) and Albertina Thethiwe (1918 - 2011) went on from humble beginnings to become two of South Africa's most respected and beloved figures.
Walter was arrested with other ANC leaders during a raid at Liliesleaf Farm late in 1963 and given a life sentence for treason. Walter spent 25 years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, whom he had brought into the ANC. While her husband was on Robben Island, Albertina was left with five children, plus her late sister's two children, to raise on her own.
"There can be no greater and more inspiring example in the history of our organization, and our country, than Walter and Albertina Sisulu: a couple whose every deed speaks of leadership that brought us to where we are today as a country and as a people... " (Nelson R Mandela)
The R5 (1/10 oz) pure gold Protea coin depicts this quotation from former President Nelson R Mandela reflecting on the Sisulu couple.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||MJ Scheepers|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||AL Sutherland|
|Obverse Artist:||AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Maximum Mintage:||3 000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2012||R2,030|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R2,070|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R2,000|