This year, 2018, marks the centenary (the 100-year anniversary) of the birth of former South African president Nelson Mandela, as well as Albertina Sisulu. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on Mandela’s life and times, and to promote his legacy. The Reserve Bank of South Africa has taken this opportunity to launch the new Mandela bank notes on 13 July 2018. These have already started circulating through South Africa’s banks and ATMs. These new notes cover all denominations – R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 – as well as a commemorative R5 coin. The new notes depict the standard visage of Nelson Mandela on the one side, but instead of the ‘big five’ animals on the reverse, it shows a younger Mandela with different iconic scenes related to his legacy.
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