The profile of Queen Elizabeth will not appear on new decimal coins to be issued in South Africa, Feb 14, 1961.
CU New coin with head of van Riebeek
SV TILT UP..of new coins showing both sides from 1 cent up to full 2 rands
CU other side of 50 cents
CU Head of van Riebeek
CU Part of coin "Unity is..."
SV Current S. African coins
SCU Shows Queen's head defaced
SV Present currency
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Background: The profile of Queen Elizabeth will not appear on new decimal coins to be issued in South Africa, Feb 14, 1961. The new coins - bearing an effigy of Jan van Riebeek - were on show for the first time at the South African Mint, Pretoria, Mar 10.
Announcement of the change in design of the coins came from the South African Treasury, Mar 6, saying that the Queen had been informed of the Cabinet decision and had "expressed her appreciation of the courtesy of being informed in advance of any public announcement."
Jan van Riebeek was the Dutch commander of the first settlement in Cape Province - his effigy is already used on all South African Bank notes.