The South African Mint proudly honours “The Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela” with the legal tender Protea coin series. Nelson Mandela’s childhood and his love for children is the first theme to be portrayed in this series.
He was born Rolihlahla Mandela on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo in the Transkei (today Eastern Cape). His father, Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Henry was the chief of Mvezo and a highly respected counsellor to the regent of the Thembu tribe. His mother, Noqaphi Nosekeni, was one of the Chief’s four wives.
Following a dispute with the local magistrate, his father was stripped of his chieftainship and as result lost both his fortune and title, the family moved to the smaller rural village of Qunu.