Currency: ZAR – South African Rand

‘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

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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