South Africa new note family (B762a – B766a) confirmed

According to a press release dated 30 October 2012, on 6 November the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) plans to issue a new series of banknotes in South Africa and in neighboring countries (Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland) that use the South African Rand as an alternative currency.The new R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 banknotes feature a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela on front, while the back of the notes have maintained the “Big Five” animal images that appear on current banknotes. The current and the new banknotes are the same size, have the same colors, and will co-circulate as legal tender.

Courtesy of Thomas Krause and Thomas Augustsson.


  1. All but the 100-rand note were printed without imprint by South African Bank Note Company. The 100-rand note was printed by SABN and Tumba Bruk. If you are interested in greater detail about these notes, please subscribe to The Banknote Book catalog which presents much more info than appears on this blog.

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