The new coins design in South Africa has been authorised by the cabinet and will have inscriptions in each of the country’s official languages.
Over the following ten years, the official languages will alternate yearly. The last time South Africa changed the design of its coins was in 1989, therefore this will be the fourth time. The cabinet detailed the new design’s appearance for each denomination in a statement.
“The word “South Africa” will be inserted on the one side of the coins and printed in all the official languages. Three languages will be used in the R5 coin; two languages R2; 50c, 20c and 10c coins and the R1 will be in one language,” the cabinet statement read in part.
The new coin won’t start being used until the following year, and no samples have yet been produced.
Zulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Setswana, English, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Siswati, Tshivenda, and Ndebele are the country’s 11 official tongues.
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