- The final coin in a series of coins to commemorate SA’s 25 years of a constitutional democracy will soon be in circulation.
- The R2 coin depicts the “freedom and security of the person” right in the Bill of Rights.
- The design – a woman and girl among flowers – was the result of a national competition.
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The South African Mint announced on Thursday that a new R2 coin will soon be in circulation.
The new coin is the latest (and final) in a series of coins that have been released since 2019 to commemorate 25 years of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
The issuance of this coin was delayed due to the pandemic in 2020, the SA Mint says.
Different artists designed the previous six coins, which celebrated constitutional rights including freedom of movement (a R2 coin featuring a minibus taxi and an airplane), as well as freedom of religion, belief and opinion (a R2 coin with the symbol for religion in sign language).
The new nickel-plated copper R2 coin will represent the “freedom and security of the person” right in the Bill of Rights.
It was the result of a national competition held at the end of 2019, which called on all South Africans to submit designs for a new R2 coin featuring a Bill of Right of their choice – which was not already featured on the six previous commemorative coins.
The winning design for the final commemorative R2 Coin was submitted by Esta Quirk, and depicts a woman and girl walking in a field of flowers:
coin depicts a mother and daughter, walking freely in nature – in line with the
“right to freedom and security of the person” as enshrined in the Bill of
Rights. The daughter is holding a sunflower, which moves its head towards the
sun, resonant of the resilience, optimism and hopefulness of the young,” a SA Mint spokesperson said.