TechInAfrica – The South African Mint, responsible for minting all coins of the South African rand on behalf of its owner the South African Reserve Bank, recently launched a public design competition to feature on the new R2 coin—set to be issued and distributed in 2020. In addition, this idea follows the SA25 coin series which was made to commemorate twenty-five consecutive years of the nation’s long-lasting democracy. Aside from legal, market-accepted tender coins, the South African Mint also manufactures rare and collectible coins like its Natura series of the 2020 range.
Now, public designers are free to design what would later be the next R2 coin issued next year. The design, however, must be based on one of the 22 constitutional rights not currently featured on South Africa’s new R2 coins and that the obverse of the coin will feature the national coat of arms. Furthermore, the mint stated that there are some additional rules to be managed for the designs to be eligible—those featuring profanity, nudity/sex, and violence/gore will not be approved.
Applicants and designers alike will be able to submit their designs between September 12th, 2019 and October 31st, 2019. The winner, however, will be announced on November 30th.
The South African Mint professed that the winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter the annals of history, by having their art on a legal tender coin, along with various publicity opportunities to promote their art. Alongside that, the South African Mint regards the R2 coin design competition as not just a humble contest, but also an invitation to make history.