New R5 Coin Commemorating O.R Tambo

Seeking to ensure the integrity of banknotes and coins in circulation, the South African reserve bank has launched 4 coins to celebrate Oliver Tambo’s  life which was “integrity, trust and accountability personified”.

The first coin is a R5 coin that carries the same value as any other R5 coin.

The other set of coins is a collectable coin set that depicts times in Oliver Tambo’s life. It consists of a sterling silver R50 coin, a base-metal R50 coin and a pure gold  R500 coin.


Oliver Tambo

“The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest. ” Oliver Tambo

This year, the nation celebrates Oliver Reginald Tambo’s centenary since birth. The anti-apartheid activist and the first president of the African national congress was a central figure in South Africa’s fight towards freedom. Twenty-four years after his passing, Tambo’s ideas still linger and inspire society today.

With the coins, we can pass on Oliver Tambo’s legacy for many more years to come. To a hundred more years, Oliver Tambo.