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Mandela - Life of a Lengend

2013 PROTEA SERIES NELSON MANDELA THE LIFE OF A LEGEND

Mandela's boyhood in Qunu is featured on the reverse of the R25 coin, with a qoute: " ...it was in that village near Umtata that Ispent the happiest years of my boyhood and whence I trace my earliest memories."

His arrival in the "Great Palace" in the town of Mqhekezweni is portrayed on the reverse of the R1 (sterling silver), with the quote " In that moment of beholding Jongintaba and his court, I felt like a sapling pulled root and branch from the earth and flung into the centter of a stream whose strong current I could not resist."

The late Nelson Mandela positively enriched the lives of thousands of children during and after his time as a public figure. The qoute " There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." (Launch of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, 8 May 1995) is depicted on the R5 (1/10oz 24ct gold)

2014 PROTEA SERIES NELSON MANDELA THE LIFE OF A LEGEND

The R25 Protea coin depicts Nelson Mandela with crossed arms, in his new suit given to him by th Chief Regent. The background gabel design represents the Methodist High School, Clarkesbury. Depicted below Mandela is a Front view of the University of Fort Hare.

The R5 (1/10oz 24 ct gold) coin symbolises Nelson Mandela's sincere belief that education is the key to changing lives. depicted is a quote from the Authorised Book of Quotations, Nelson Mandela - by Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."

The R1 (sterling silver) represents the scool-going Nelson Mandela dressed in western clothes as required by the missionaries. He is practising his new English name "Nelson" which was given to him by his teacher Miss Mdingane, on the slate board that the childern were given at that time.

20 YEARS PROTEA SERIES DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA

On the 27th April 2014, South Africa celebates its 20th Year of Democracy.

Standing in the amphitheatre of the mighty Union buildings, Nelson R Mandela took an oath as President to lead a troubled country and its people into a new future built on the foundation of freedom and democracy came at a great cost to countless individuals, fortunately however, this new democracy was steered by great leaders with vision, compassion and forgiveness. The new Constitution pointed towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society based on justice, equality, the rule of law and the inalienable human right of all.

Paying tribute to South Africa's successful democracy in spite of its history, the South African mint celebrates this momentous event with its "silent ambassadors" in pure gold and silver. Each of these coins reflect a country that is proud of its achievements over the past 20 years.

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