NGC Recognizes Two Varieties of Proof South Africa 2008 Mandela 5 Rand

Posted on 10/11/2011

Two varieties of the South Africa Proof 2008 Mandela 5 Rand are recognized by NGC.

NGC now recognizes two distinct varieties of the popular proof 2008 Mandela 5 Rand, struck to commemorate the 90th birthday of the former South African president. One variety shows RAND frosted, while the other has RAND mirrored. This attribution will be made on all proof 2008 Mandela 5 Rand coins automatically at no additional charge and will appear on the label as either “RAND” FROSTED or “RAND” MIRRORED.

Mandela 2008 5 Rand "RAND" Frosted



Mandela 2008 5 Rand "RAND" Mirrored

The South Africa Mandela issues are among the most widely collected World coins. NGC has certified more than 700 proofs from a reported mintage of just 5,000 pieces. Over 115,000 examples of the Mint State issues have been graded by NGC, and a small number of these have been certified with laser-frosted devices.

It is not clear how many of the proof 2008 Mandela 5 Rands were struck with RAND frosted versus mirrored. Population figures for both varieties will appear in the NGC Census on Monday, October 17, at 9:00 am EST.