Make history and enter the contest to design South Africa's new R2 coin!

18 Sep 2019
created 18 Sep 2019
In June 2019 the South African Mint launched its new collection of R5 and R2 coins designed by local artists, including tattoo and graffiti artist Rasty Knayles and contemporary art rock star Lady Skollie, with images that pay tribute to the fundamental human rights enshrined in the South African constitution.

In an exciting and innovative move the SA Mint has now announced it is casting the net even wider for the design of its next R2 coin, inviting members of the public to submit their own designs to be considered for use on a new R2 coin that will go out into nationwide circulation in 2020.

All potential artists, designers, sketchers and anybody else who enjoys drawing and designing things are invited to submit their own ideas for a R2 coin that will pay tribute to one of the fundamental human rights from the South African constitution (which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year). The coins released in June 2019 honour the protection of children's rights, the right to education, the right to freedom of movement and residence, to access essential natural resources and the freedom of religion, belief and opinion. Hopeful designers can choose to create a design based on any of the other remaining 22 rights on the bill of rights. 

"This is an equal opportunity competition for members of the public, professional artists and designers alike," says Gerda Janse van Vuuren, acting managing director of the SA Mint. "It's not an average competition, it is an invitation to make history."

Designers have until October 31, 2019 to submit their designs and the winning design will be announced on November 30. 

Head to the SA Mint website here and download the coin design template to print out and start sketching out your ideas. Once you have completed your design you should then fill out the online submission form and upload your design via the same webpage.


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