The commemorative R5 circulation coin celebrates the birth centenary of Nelson Mandela, who was
born on the 18th of July 1918.
The coin forms part of the ‘Celebrating South Africa’ series, which was introduced in 2017. The first
coin in the series was dedicated to the birth centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo.
The 2018 R5 coin is the third commemorative circulation coin to celebrate Madiba. The first R5
circulation coin was issued in 2000 after his presidential term (1994–1999) and the second was issued
in 2008 for his 90th birthday.
The 2018 commemorative R5 circulation coin incorporates both standard and new security features
such as a latent image (for the first time) and a weaving pattern, which was inspired by the patterns of
the shirts Mandela used to wear.