Banknotes

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features of the new banknotes



       

Little Dots
Little dots appear on the front and back of the banknotes.
Coat of Arms
The South African Coat of Arms (i.e. the design or shield that is a special symbol of the Republic of South Africa) is used prominently in the top left-hand corner of all denominations. The Coat of Arms is also visible in the security thread, as a holographic (i.e. three-dimensional) image.
Dominant colours of the different denominations
The dominant colours of the new banknotes remain the same as the colours on the current banknotes.
However, the colour of the R200 has changed to a yellow-orange to distinguish it from the R20 because the current two notes are too similar in colour.
  • R10: Green
  • R20: Brown
  • R50: Red
  • R100: Blue
  • R200: Yellow-orange
Main motif
The image of former President Nelson Mandela is printed on the front of all new banknotes, as the main motif.
Languages
English is used on the front of all denominations. The words “South African Reserve Bank” are translated into two official South African languages on the back of the new banknotes. The languages are as follows for each denomination:

  Front Back Language
R10 English Afrikaans
siSwati
SUID-AFRIKAANSE RESERVEBANK
LIBHANGESILULU LENINGIZIMU AFRIKA
R20 English Setswana
isiNdebele
BANKAKGOLO YA AFORIKABORWA
IBULUNGELO-MALI ELIKHULU LESEWULA AFRIKA
R50 English isiXhosa
Tshivenda
IBHANKI ENGUVIMBA YOMZANTSI AFRIKA
BANNGA YA VHUKATI YA AFRIKA TSHIPEMBE
R100 English Sesotho sa Leboa/Sepedi
Xitsonga
PANKA YA RESEFE YA AFRIKA BORWA
BANGINKULU YA AFRIKA-DZONGA
R200 English isiZulu
Sesotho
IBHANGLE LOMBUSO LASENINGIZMU AFRIKA
BANKA YA RISEFE YA AFRIKA BORWA
Denomination numerals on the new banknotes
The banknote denomination numerals on the front, bottom right of the new banknotes are printed in colour-changing ink.

The Big Five animals are printed on the back of the new banknotes
  • R10: Rhinoceros
  • R20: Elephant
  • R50: Lion
  • R100: Buffalo
  • R200: Leopard