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South African Currency

What money does South Africa use?

The currency of South Africa is the Rand (sign: R, code: ZAR). It takes its name from the "Witwatersrand", the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built, and where most of South Africa's gold deposits were found.

The South African Rand is divided into 100 cents, symbol "c".

In November 2012, the South African Reserve Bank introduced a new set of banknotes, which personifies South Africa's pride as a nation, and also pays tribute to a much-loved global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Madiba). Both sets are shown below.

South African Notes and Coins

The South African currency features banknotes in denominations of R200.00, R100.00, R50.00, R20.00, and R10.00. The Big Five are featured prominenty on the banknotes.

South African coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, and R5.

Pictures of South African Currency

south african coins
Old Bank Notes
New Bank Notes
south african R10 note with rhino
new R10 note
The South African R10 note features a Rhino
south african R20 note with elephant
nwe R20 note
The R20 note shows a majestic Elephant
south african R50 note with lion
new R50 note
The King of the Jungle, the Lion, are on the R50
south african R100 note with buffalo
new R100 bank note
The Buffalo graces the R100 note
south african R200 note with leopard
new R200 bank note south africa
And last but not least, the Leopard are shown on the R200 note