The South African Mint Company, a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is producing a R5 circulation coin and a series of collectible coins under the theme ‘Freedom, Democracy and Culture’ to commemorate the birth centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo,
The new coins bear the ‘Order of the Companions of OR Tambo’, which was instituted in 2002 to honour international heads of state and eminent people for their friendship to South Africa. The late OR Tambo, played a pivotal role in the country’s struggle against apartheid. His stewardship of the liberation movement galvanised world opinion against apartheid.
The new R5 coin, worth its face value, entered into circulation on 1 October 2017 and the other collectible coins will be available from the South African Mint and authorised dealers from 27 October 2017, OR Tambo’s 100th anniversary.