This is the first time in the history of the South African Reserve Bank and the South African Mint that South Africans were consulted to this extent in developing coin themes and designs. Adding to the historical significance of these coins is the fact that three South African women were selected to design them - Neo Mahlangu, Laura Windvogel a.k.a Lady Skollie and Maaike Bakker, along with Pete Mammes and Rasty Knayles.
Here's a look at the five designers involved! Some coins release to the public as early as this month.
Lady Skollie designed the new R5 coin, which is symbolised by the image of a snaking queue to the voting polls. Releasing in August.
Neo Mahlangu is a Johannesburg-based designer who plays on the boundary between socially aware fine art and stylish digital creations. Neo also recently collaborated with MRP Home to create a blanket that you'll start seeing a lot of soon!
Given South Africa’s dark history of segregation and restrictions, Graffiti and Tattoo artist Rasty Knayles felt that the weaver bird holding a key would be the epitome of what the Freedom of Movement and Residence coin now represents. "Supported by an image of the well-known minibus taxi and an aeroplane, this coin shows that we have the right to freely choose our place of residence, to travel and expect to be welcomed home." Releasing in July!
Pretoria-born Maaike Bakker describes herself as a visual artist who works with various drawing, sculpture and installation based mediums. She used a droplet of water, grass, a fish and more, to highlight the idea of a well-balanced, protected environment. "This coin stands for the right that all South Africans have to access unspoiled natural resources that enable our survival, such as access to water, food and air." Releases in July!
This coin displays the symbol for religion in sign language, which is an image of a hand raised with an open palm. Artist Peter Mammes’ challenge was to depict people, ethnicity, and religion without referring to a specific religion or belief. Releases in August.