R2, South Africa, 2019, Nickel-plated Copper - Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion
R2, South Africa, 2019, Nickel-Plated Copper - Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion. Republic of South Africa(RSA) Series. This coin was issued as part of the SA25 coin series celebrating 25 years of democracy in South Africa.
The right to choose, change or practice one’s beliefs and opinions in South Africa, is extraordinary liberty worth celebrating. Detailed in Section 15(1) of the Bill of Rights, South African citizens have the freedom to have and follow any belief system or religion they choose and to manifest that belief by way of practice, teaching or worship. Peter Mammes successfully depicted this in his design of this R2 circulation coin by using raised hands – the sign language for religion. The hands-on their own do not convey gender, colour, age or any information that might exclude any group; rather, they convey a sense of unity and freedom, speaking universally to everyone across every creed and religion.
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 August 2019)
R2, Two Rand, 2 ZAR, 2 Rand
Nickel-plated Copper (Grey)
Paul Botes (PB)
Last issue of series
New Coat of Arms of South Africa
Represents Freedom of Religion, Belief and Opinion, and features four raised hands making different gestures.
Artist Peter Mammes who designed this coin said he wanted to depict people, ethnicity, and religion without being specific. The hands-on their own do not convey gender, colour, age or any information that might exclude any group amongst the population of South Africa so they convey a sense of unity, freedom, and virtue-like swearing an oath in court or praying.
2 RAND (Right)
freedom of movement and residence 1994 · 2019
Milled (no edge inscription)
887 (max 2,475)
- Nickel Plated Copper