JOHANNESBURG - The South African Mint on Wednesday unveiled the last edition in the "Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela" Protea collectable coin series that pays tribute to the country's first democratically elected president and global icon’s legacy.
Mandela died at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013 and yet even in death, his legacy and place in history remains imperishable.
The Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela theme was first introduced in 2013 representing a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue.
It has over the years chronicled Madiba’s childhood, education, arrival in Johannesburg, his fight for justice, struggle against apartheid’s stranglehold and ultimately his 27 year incarceration, and eventual release from Robben Island.
Tumi Tsehlo, South African Mint's managing director said: "Mandela's legacy, the extraordinary lessons he holds for the ages, and the reason why he stands head and shoulders above every leader of his generation, is that he showed the world that the entire edifice of apartheid could be dismantled with gratuitous generosity of heart.