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Be part of the legacy by designing a R2 coin

Imagine getting your fifteen-minutes of fame by designed the next R2 coin.

That possibility could become reality as the South African Mint are running a competition in celebration of 25 years of democracy.

The SA Mint is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SA Reserve Bank, manufacturing legal tender coins, commemorative and rare collectable coins.

The 2019 SA25 coin series

During 2019 the SA Mint have released a series of R2 coins which have depicted a variety of human rights.

These have included:

  • Children’s rights
  • The right to education
  • Environmental rights
  • Freedom of movement
  • Freedom of religion.

These coins were each designed by different artists.

A limited edition R5 coin was also released this year which pictured a row of people waiting to cast their votes. This was a representation of democracy.

Designers must submit their entry before October 31

This is your opportunity to be part of the celebration and to immortalise your artistic abilities in the annals of history by having your art displayed on South African legal currency.

Designers were invited to enter from September 12.  The closing date is October 31 at 10:00 and the winning designs will be announced on November 30.

Three easy steps to enter?

  1.  Read the design brief and familiarise yourself with the points of consideration.
  2. Download the design template and start your design, either by hand or digitally.
  3. Once your design is complete, you upload it to the SA Mint website, complete the entry form.

This is an equal opportunity competition for all members of the public, professional artists, and designers.

The design must be based on the constitutional rights

There is a strict design restriction as it must depict one of the 22 constitutional rights which have currently not been featured. Consideration needs to be given to ensure the design is managed with sensitivity as certain characteristics will not be acceptable, these include:

  • Sex and nudity
  • Violence and gore
  • Profanity

The national Coat of Arms design remains standard and is not part of the competition.