Having environmental rights means being afforded access to natural resources, including the water, food and clean air that enable one’s survival. Our constitution declares that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations. Designer Maaike Bakker featured simplified and integrated elements in the R2 Environmental Rights circulation coin’s artistry, portraying the great outdoors across South Africa. Her desire is that the majestic environment we live in, will be protected and preserved, so all who inhabit it, may enjoy it.
This is one of five different commemorative Two Rand coins issued in 2019 with reverse designs based on some of the fundamental human rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, namely Children’s Rights, Right to Education, Environmental Rights, Freedom of Movement and Residence, and Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion.
2019 (released in June 2019)
R2, Two Rand, 2 ZAR, 2 Rand
Nickel-plated Copper (Grey)
Last issue of series
New Coat of Arms of South Africa
The motto in the semicircle below, ǃKE E꞉ ǀXARRA ǁKE (written in the Khoisan language of the ǀXam people and translates literally to "diverse people unite")
Represents Environmental Rights, and features water and a fish, land with plants and the sky with clouds and the sun is seen on the reverse of the coin. The illustrations on this coin were created by the artist, Maaike Bakker to highlight the idea of a well-balanced, protected environment that is not harmful to the well-being of those inhabiting it. The design was inspired by the country’s great outdoors, access to which is guaranteed by the South African constitution.
2 RAND (Right)
environmental rights 1994 · 2019(centre bottom)
Milled (no edge inscription)
887 (max 2,475)