South Africa 1/2, 1, 2 1/2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 Cents (Van Riebeeck)  1961 to 1964
South Africa 1/2, 1, 2 1/2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 Cents (Van Riebeeck) 1961 to 1964

Afrikaners (including the Boer subgroup) are a Germanic ethnic group in Southern Africa. They consider Jan Van Riebeeck their founding father. His likeness appears on many South African coins.

Sorry, Danielle. Although your coin appears to be gold, and although there is a South African gold coin with Van Riebeeck's likeness, your coin with the ox cart is made of brass. It is a one cent piece.

Here is some data on this series of coins. The data applies to all dates. All have Van Riebeeck's portrait on the front and the inscription UNITY IS STRENGTH, but they have different designs on the back. In the listings below, BV means 'base value.' It is the value of the silver in the coin. Look up the current value of silver on web sites such as, then multiply it by the troy ounces of silver in the coin to obtain BV.

1/2 CENT (brass)
circulated: less than $1 US dollar
fully uncirculated: $2 catalog value

1 CENT (brass)
circulated: less than $1 US dollar
fully uncirculated: $2 catalog value

2 1/2 CENTS (0.023 troy ounces silver)
circulated: BV
fully uncirculated: BV + $3

5 CENTS (0.046 troy ounces silver)
circulated: BV
fully uncirculated: BV + $3

10 CENTS (0.091 troy ounces silver)
circulated: BV
fully uncirculated: BV + $3

20 CENTS (0.182 troy ounces silver)
circulated: BV
fully uncirculated: BV + $5

50 CENTS (0.455 troy ounces silver)
worn: BV
average circulated: BV
well preserved: BV + $5
fully uncirculated: BV + $10

Coin: 13168 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Danielle, Sun, 02-Dec-2012 19:20:57 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 03-Dec-2012 03:54:58 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 25-Dec-2015 03:16:50 GMT
Requester description: 1961 Front: Jan van riebeeck. Inscription: Unity is strength/eendrag maak mag. Back: ox wagon. Inscription: South Africa 1961 1c
Tags: south africa 1 2 5 10 20 50 cents cent van riebeeck suid sud southern zuid ziud africano african afrikaanshe afrikaans africaine afrika africaanshe afrik afrikaansche afrique peny pennys pennies penny jan january inscription monogram unity strength eendrag maak mag ox cow wagon script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy letters inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials bulls cattle holstein bull brhama cows heifer oxon oxen cart artichoke birds bird antelope parrot pigeon stag antler antlers buck moose elk caribou springbok deer


I have that 1c coin 1964 unity is strength is it valuable im in South Africa - Siya
Please read the page above. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi. I have a fully circulated South African 1/2 cent with Jan Van Riebeeck and artichoke birds from 1964. It is written unity is strength. Does it have any value? Thank you. - Futhi
1/2 CENT (brass)
circulated: less than $1 US dollar
fully uncirculated: $2 catalog value
- CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi Paul -- Good info here. I have a slabbed 1961 1c graded PF 66. WHat would you estimate the value of this coin to be on the market? - juwell tlou
Well, we don't do proofs and super-grades for a reason -- their values are difficult to ascertain, and I don't trust the catalogs for these coins. Perusing current sales on eBay for similar coins, I'd guess a retail value around $30 USD for your coin, assuming the slab is PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS. - CoinQuest (Paul)

i have a 1962 brass sa coins with a cart, just wondering how much its market value it can be - Shai
Modern brass coins like yours are worth only small amounts. Market values do not go past $2 US dollars unless the coin is completely, absolutely uncirculated. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a slightly used mandela R5.00 coin, is it worth trying to find out, if it is worth anything at all. - Carmen
Use the normal 'request free appraisal' questionnaire to ask questions. You did not supply enough information for us to answer your question. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi There I have a 2 Rand Gold coin Jan van Riebeeck dating back to 1970 and looks like a 1/4 size in the Kruger rands. What is the purity of this Gold and weight? Also = _ the value. Many Thanks Carmen SA - alexis
Our page appears at this link [Press Here]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have 1965 RSA 5c Jan v.Riebeeck and bluecrane bird wondering what value is and where to sell it. - Josef
Since there are tens of thousands of coins worldwide, we do coin research only when someone requests a specific coin via our questionnaire. You are welcomed to submit a request that way. Do a search for your coin and click the 'free appraisal' button it if appears. If the button does not appear, it means there are too many requests ahead of yours. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have 2c coins from South Africa, ranging from 1970 to 1990, what is the value of the 1970 one? - Ryan
2 1/2 cent coins are worth their weight in silver. They contain 0.023 troy ounces of silver which, at current silver price, are worth about 40 US cents. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1964 and 1961 1/2 I was just wondering what is its worth today. - Mr S
Please read this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I have Kruger Rand how much it worth today ? MPHO. - magakwe
Our page on your coin appears at this link [PRESS HERE]. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi... I have read what is listed, however i have a 1961 silver 1c piece. No matter where i look, it does not mention a 1961 1c silver piece. It will only refer to a 1961 brass 1c piece. Is there any value in what i have. I am not interested in selling or anything. Just out of curiosity. - Eugene
Hi Eugene -- We have checked the catalogs and our professional coin database. No silver South Africa 1 cent coins were minted in 1961. You may have a normal brass coin that has been plated with silver. To find out, take your coin to a jeweler and have it weighed accurate to 0.1 grams. If the weight is 9.4 grams, it is brass. If not, you have an extraordinary find. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi I was just wondering if u cn tel me more about the 1000 manat paper money on the money are oil refinery equipment ... And perhaps the value of it? - curt
Can't do it, Curt. In my experience, coin people are different than note people and also different than stamp people. Just the way it is. I do not know anything about paper money. Someone should open a 'NoteQuest' site. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I got many south africa and zuid afrika coins, just can't seem to find the right people to pay the money that's required, the dates range from 1943-1966, and a 1977 1rand, all in their appropriate conditions, cntc me at ** contact suppressed **. - Keighan
Keighan -- We do not support buying and selling coins from the comments. We have a separate page for that. Press the 'Buy and Sell' button for free advertisements. - CoinQuest (Paul)

i have a 1962 half cent brass sa coins with two birds, just wondering how much its market value it can be - Share - themba
Please read the page. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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