100 yearsOFMadiba

The Commemorative Banknotes Series

On the front of each banknote you will find a portrait of Nelson Mandela as an elder statesman. On the back is a portrait of a young Mandela, combined with important events from the former president's life.

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THE R10 BANKNOTE
Mvezo - Time of birth #
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The lush greenery of the Eastern Cape represents where it all began – the birth of Nelson Mandela in 1918.

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Home is home even for those who aspire to serve wider interests and who have established their home of choice in distant regions

NELSON MANDELA
THE R20 BANKNOTE
Soweto - Time of life #
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The brown bricks of Soweto represents Mandela's home in this historic township and the early days of his political journey.

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Johannesburg has always been the mecca for enterprising people and it was a very important school of life

NELSON MANDELA
THE R50 BANKNOTE
Howick – Time of capture #
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The red earth represents the capture site at Howick - the moment that changed Nelson Mandela’s life forever.

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I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die

Nelson Mandela’s stAtement from the dock at the opening
of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial, 20 April 1964
THE R100 BANKNOTE
Robben Island – Time of struggle #
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The bright blue ocean represents Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.

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A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity

- A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
THE R200 BANKNOTE
Union Buildings – Time of destiny #
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The warm tones of the Union Buildings represent where Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa - the moment that captured the imagination of millions around
the world.

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Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another

NELSON MANDELA