‘Currency’ is an occasional series for those who are slightly geekish like me and like to see what the notes and coins look like.  This series is not exhaustive, but should give you a flavour!

In this post, South African Rand, short code: ZAR if you’re looking up exchange rates on XE.com.

Our chums at Wikipedia say:

“The South African rand (sign: R; code: ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. The rand is subdivided into 100 cents (sign: “c”). Unlike the US dollar, the decimal separator between a rand and cent is expressed by a comma. The ISO 4217 code is ZAR, from Dutch Zuid-Afrikaanse Rand (South African rand).”


The R200 ZAR note (about £12 / $15 US) comes in bright yellow and orange tones, with a leopard on one side and Nelson Mandela on the other.


The R100 ZAR note (about £6 / $7.50 US) is in blues, again with Mr Mandela and this time, I believe, a Cape Buffalo.


There are three other notes shown above.

R50 – Lion
R20 – Elephant
R10 – Rhinoceros


Coins come in 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5 varieties.  The R5, R2, R1 and 10c coins are shown above.

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