Launch of commemorative coins to mark the 100th anniversary of Oliver Tambo’s birth
In commemorating the birth centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, is producing a R5 circulation coin and a series of collectible coins under the theme ‘Freedom, Democracy and Culture’.
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 elements of the Order feature prominently on the new R5 circulation coin, resoundingly acknowledging his contribution to the struggle for equality and inclusiveness.
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 the apartheid.
The new R5 coin, worth its face value, will enter into circulation from 1 of October 2017 and the other collectable coins will be available from the South African Mint and authorised dealers from 27 October 2017, OR Tambo’s 100th anniversary.
The SARB encourages the public not to hold on to the circulation coins, when they receive them as change, as commemorative coins are made to be appreciated by everyone.
The coins continue the South African Mint Company (RF) Proprietary Limited (South African Mint) tradition of immortalising the country’s stalwarts. The times in the life of OR Tambo depicted by the coins are epochal events in the history of South Africa.