The SA25 themed “Celebrating South Africa” coin series features five commemorative R2 circulation coins, a commemorative R5 coin and three collectable coins in gold, silver and bronze alloy.
Freedom of movement and residence was heavily restricted by the apartheid government in its pursuit of racist policies.
Designed by artist Rasty Knayles, the right is symbolised by a plane, a bird holding a key, and a minibus taxi on the reverse (tails) of the coin. The obverse (heads) features the national coat of arms together with the date of issue, 2019, and the words “South Africa” written in English and “Afrika-Dzonga” in Xitsonga.
Mr Knayles likens freedom to a bird, a complete embodiment of being free to move around and reside anywhere in the country. The weaver bird is a reflection of an average South African; hardworking, cheerful and respectful to fellow beings. The key symbolises a passport, a prized document which guarantees any person holding it, free and through access across borders and return home, and above all, serve as an infallible South African identity.