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List of Rare Mandela Coins and Medallions: 1994 – 2004

Mandela Coins are one of the most appealing South African coins besides Krugerrands. They are honoring Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid activist. They are popular because of their rarity and Mandela’s global appeal. Rare Mandela coins are great collector items and excellent investments that are continuously growing in value.

The first part of the list shows some of the rare Mandela coins and medallions issued between 1994 and 2004. It is not complete and will be completed with time.

1. 1994 Presidential Inauguration Mandela Coins and Medallions: The list starts with the first South African coins and medallions with Mandela’s image- Presidential Inauguration coins and medallions, issued in 1994. That is the year when Nelson Mandela became South African president after the first democratic elections in the country. In honor of this event South African Mint minted one ounce 24 carat Mandela coin known as The Presidential Inauguration 1oz. Obverse of the coin portrays the Union Buildings in Pretoria and the reverse depicts old South African coat of arms.

In the same year South African Mint minted the Inauguration Mandela medallions, that are available as one ounce and five ounce 24 carat gold medallions. Obverse of the medallion portrays Nelson Mandela with the inscription- Nelson R Mandela and the reverse depicts the Union Buildings.

  

Issue Year

Mintage

Description

1 oz Inauguration Gold Coin

1994

1742

1 ounce 24 carat gold

1 oz Inauguration Medallion

1994

2000 – 5000*

1 ounce 24 carat gold

5 oz Inauguration Medallion

1994

50

5 ounce 24 carat gold

* Mintages are uncertain.

2. 1994 Statesmen of the World Mandela Coins were minted in the United Kingdom as part of the the Greatest statesmen of the world coin series. They are available as 1/2 ounce and 5 ounce 24 carat gold Mandela coins. Obverse of the coin portrays Nelson Mandela with a small springbok, inscription- President Nelson Mandela ∙ South Africa, and denomination value ($250 for the 1/2 oz and $2500 for the 5 oz coin).

 

Issue Year

Mintage*

Description

1/2 oz Statesmen of the World

1994

2500 – 5000

1/2 ounce 24 carat gold

5 oz Statesmen of the World

1994

100 – 250

5 ounce 24 carat gold

* Mintages are uncertain and probably smaller than the maximum mintages shown in the table.

3. Equal Education Mandela Medallions also known as the “Education for all” medallions were minted by the South African Mint from 1995-1999. It is available as tenth ounce, quarter ounce, one ounce and five ounce 24 carat gold medallion. Obverse of the medallion portrays Nelson Mandela’s image with the inscription- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the reverse depicts a student at a desk with the inscription- Education, Literacy, Achievement and Education for all.

  

Issue Year

Mintage*

Description

1/10 oz Equal Education

1995

10,000

1/10 ounce 24 carat gold

1/4 oz Equal Education

1995

2000

1/4 ounce 24 carat gold

1 oz Equal Education

1995

2000

1 ounce 24 carat gold

5 oz Equal Education

1995

50 – 99

5 ounce 24 carat gold

* Mintages are uncertain and probably smaller than the maximum permitted mintages shown in the table.

4. 10 Years of Democracy Mandela Coins- Protea Series: These legal tender coins were issued as part of Protea series in 2004. They are commemorating 10 years of democracy in South Africa that began with the first post-apartheid general election in 1994, where Nelson Mandela was elected president. They are available as 1/10 ounce and 1 ounce 24 carat gold coins and in 3 coin sets that consist of 1/10 ounce, 1 ounce gold coins and R1 sterling silver coin. Obverse of all coins depicts South African national symbol- Protea, inscription- South Africa and issuing year 2004. Reverse of the one ounce pure gold coin depicts two portraits of Nelson Mandela (one looking out of his prison cell), Union Buildings, denomination (R25) and the years 1994-2004. Reverse of tenth ounce coin depicts South African flag and reverse of R1 sterling silver coin depicts four national symbols (protea, springbok, blue crane and galjoen).

 

 

Issue Year

Mintage

Description

1/10 oz 10 Year Democracy

2004

1000

1/10 ounce 24 carat gold

1 oz 10 Year Democracy

2004

5000

1 ounce 24 carat gold

10 Year Democracy 3 Coin Proof Set

2004

1000

3 coin sets: 1 oz and 1/10 oz Protea, R1 sterling silver coin

 

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15 Responses to “List of Rare Mandela Coins and Medallions: 1994 – 2004”

  1. 1
    Chris Says:

    Do you only list gold coins ?

  2. 2
    admin Says:

    Hi Chris, We also list other coins. If you will browse this site you will find lists of other, non-gold South African coins, that we will complete with time.

  3. 3
    John Says:

    E & O E
    Hi there,
    Could you please update the above list, as I am sure there are more Mandela coins and medallions in issue than your list suggests?
    Why do you exclude the Mandela R5 coins from the above list? Are they thus not worth as much as all the hype suggests? Please explain.
    Lastly, the NGC grades Mandela coins but gives no price guides, like they do on a lot of other coins. Why is that? Does it mean the Mandela coin prices out there are not reliable, that the prices are all hype, and like a house of cards, a la Proof Krugerrands, ready to tumble resulting in a lot of people losing money? Again please explain.
    Thank you.

  4. 4
    admin Says:

    Hi John,
    The list is not complete and will be completed with time.
    Mandela R5 coins you are interested in are actually mentioned on the list above under the name Presidential Inauguration Mandela coins and medallions.

    Other topics you are interested in we would need to research and will try to write an article on them as soon as possible.

  5. 5
    robert polniak Says:

    I have a south africa 10 may 1994 nelson mandela commemorative coin.This coin with a certificate of authenticity which has a number that is 000351.The mintage is 4999.composition is 999.99 pure gold.weight is 1OZ.how much would this coin be worth?

  6. 6
    admin Says:

    Hi Robert,
    According to different online sources your 1 oz Mandela 1994 Inauguration gold coin may be worth somewhere from R 55.000 or more:
    -http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/31041709/_1994_Gold_Proof_Mandela_Inauguration_1_oz_Medallion_FNB_Education_Africa.html
    -http://www.selectacoin.com/mandela-series/79-1994-nelson-mandela-fnb-education-africa-inauguration-1-oz.html
    -http://www.bucksngems.co.za/index.php?route=product/product&path=68_63&product_id=20
    -http://www.investmentcoins.co.za/index.php/specials.html?showall=&start=3

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    earl Says:

    hi how much is the 1oz 94 mandela inauguration worth from sa munt

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    Al Says:

    Hi! I have a 1994 Presidential Inauguration R1.00 silver coin. It has been SANGS graded as PF66. I am unsure of mintage figures and value of the coin? I also have a 1994 Presidential Inauguration R5.00 that has been graded as a PF65 by SANGS and has frosting and a partial step (barely visible). I am also uncertain as to a vague market value of this coin? Your help would be much appreciated.

  9. 9
    sipokazi Says:

    i want to buy 1994,1995,2000,2007,2008 Mandela coins where can I get it quickly?

  10. 10
    leslie Says:

    hi—please help,i need the issue price of the 1994 presidential inauguration 1 ounce gold coin,thank you,regards

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    Nomfundo Says:

    I just wish to know is it possible to sell coins in separated like 1by1?I have this Mandela R5 but its for different years.plz help I need to sell them

    Thank you

  12. 12
    tony Says:

    looking for 1994 R1 inauguration 1oz gold

  13. 13
    Jacques Says:

    1994 Nelson Mandela – FNB Education Africa – Inauguration 1 oz with certificate and big red box.

    Good day

    I have one of these.

    What can I get for it?

    Thanks

    Jacques

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    Monwabisi Says:

    Hi, how much is the silver coin for Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela s the the president 1994-1999, R5 rand coin. Is it selling? ,if its selling, how and where?

  15. 15
    Cass Says:

    Yes, it is possible …. try online (http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/)

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