Mildly interesting fact about our R5 coin that you may not know

lived666

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I’ll be honest. I could and have seen the SARB on the coin, but the 200s was new to me.
Well then, the standing buffalo on the R100 note is made up of little 100's........and I haven't looked but eagle eyes can probably confirm that the standing lion on the 50 note is made of little 50's.
 

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Well then, the standing buffalo on the R100 note is made up of little 100's........and I haven't looked but eagle eyes can probably confirm that the standing lion on the 50 note is made of little 50's.
Hmm nope

 

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argh, but yes, you cant see it in a stock photo, but your awesome eyes with 300/300 vision have probably noticed that the standing lion is actually made up of these:
Oh I see on the standing one yess
 

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Some years ago some old R5 coins were attracted to magnets and some worn ones had a copper colouring showing through. No taxi drivers or small shops would accept them. They thought they were fake.

I had a small shop in Fish Hoek that the taxi drivers frequented and I offered to swop all my unblemished R5 coins for any "fake" coins passengers paid them. They loved this idea as they could accept these fake coins and pass them on to me for a cup of coffee.

It was so bad that I should have sold magnets at the time. Even the ABSA bank manager "confiscated" a coin from my wife when the teller used a magnet on it. He returned it to me when I showed him an article from SARB stating that it was normal due to not having a fixed percentage of metals in them.
 

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The first real microprinting on a South African coin, in my opinion, is on the 2018 Silver Krugerrand. In order to see the microprint, you need an extremely strong Jeweler Loupe or microscope....

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Some years ago some old R5 coins were attracted to magnets and some worn ones had a copper colouring showing through. No taxi drivers or small shops would accept them. They thought they were fake.

I had a small shop in Fish Hoek that the taxi drivers frequented and I offered to swop all my unblemished R5 coins for any "fake" coins passengers paid them. They loved this idea as they could accept these fake coins and pass them on to me for a cup of coffee.

It was so bad that I should have sold magnets at the time. Even the ABSA bank manager "confiscated" a coin from my wife when the teller used a magnet on it. He returned it to me when I showed him an article from SARB stating that it was normal due to not having a fixed percentage of metals in them.
If copper / brass showed, they were fake. In the early 2000's there were a large number of articles in newspapers where syndicates were arrested in a number of provinces, who minted their own R5 coins. There was a large number of convictions in courts too. At one stage, there were doubt about how many fake R5 coins were in circulation, and SARB eventually decided to design the new R5 coin we know today in order to stem the circulation of fake R5 coins.

Here are 2 articles I could find:

https://mg.co.za/article/2003-02-13-cops-crack-counterfeit-r5-coin-syndicate
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Fake-R5-coin-metal-seized-20031119
 
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marco

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If copper / brass showed, they were fake. In the early 2000's there were a large number of articles in newspapers where syndicates were arrested in a number of provinces, who minted their own R5 coins. There was a large number of convictions in courts too. At one stage, there were doubt about how many fake R5 coins were in circulation, and SARB eventually decided to design the new R5 coin we know today in order to stem the circulation of fake R5 coins.

Here are 2 articles I could find:

https://mg.co.za/article/2003-02-13-cops-crack-counterfeit-r5-coin-syndicate
https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Fake-R5-coin-metal-seized-20031119
You forgot to post this link as you cherry pick. https://www.resbank.co.za/AboutUs/PublicAwareness/Pages/CounterfeitR5coin.aspx
 
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