South Africa today launched a set of limited edition bank notes and gold coins to mark the one hundredth anniversary on July eighteenth of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The South African Reserve Bank said the notes depict Mandela’s life including his upbringing in rural Eastern Cape as the son of a chief, his twenty-seven-year incarceration and the end of apartheid in 1994 when he became president. Mandela died in 2013 aged ninety-five.
The launch forms part of events across the world, culminating locally in an annual Mandela Day lecture by former U.S. president Barack Obama next week. Mandela’s face already graces all South Africa’s banknotes.