Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Useless R5 Coin

 A Useless R5 Coin

I found the conked out R5 coin (pictured above) in my wallet today among other R5 coins and strongly suspect that it came from a cashier at my local butchery who had run out of paper money. These things happen when you’re in a rush and when you accept a stack of R5 coins, neatly piled in one heap, without checking.

I’ve never given much notice to the finer design-aspects of South Africa’s coins, but this abnormality had me delving a little deeper into the subject, with the hope of discovering how a R5 coin can lose its centre brass piece like that. Online resources weren't very helpful, but logic tells me that it must have taken considerable force to punch out the brass centre. Why someone would want to do something like that though and render the coin useless, is beyond me… Does anyone perhaps have a clue?
Afrika Borwa (Sotho) - Aforika Borwa (Tswana) – Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans)

This is what the damaged coin probably looked like when it was still worth R5
Aforika Borwa * 2007 * Afrika Borwa
© Image courtesy of World Coin Gallery

There have been reports of fake R5 coins, but I don't think it is the case with this specific coin, not with the initials of the South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB) clearly visible on its security edge - repeated 10 times.


Adrem said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Tia, it's beyond me too and surely many others - and so phantasy goes on a free run.....

Perhaps someone out there thought that the center piece of the coin was gold and eish - the 'never to be poor again' syndrome took over.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

looking for scrap metal to sell

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