The South African Reserve Bank on Friday released a limited edition of gold coins and banknotes in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on the 18th of July 2018. The notes depict Mandela’s life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his 27-year incarceration and the end of apartheid in 1994 when he became president. Mandela died in 2013 aged 95.
The launch forms part of events across the world, culminating locally in an annual Mandela Day lecture by former U.S. President Barack Obama next week.
The etching on the 1-ounce gold coin of a smiling middle-aged Mandela with his hair parted down the middle was designed by Zimbabwe-born Sindiso Nyoni, whose work includes stinging rebukes of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.