South Africa’s Reserve Bank has announced that new banknotes bearing the face of SA’s former president, Nelson Mandela, will come into circulation next Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The new banknotes feature an image of Mandela on the front with images of the “Big Five” animals on the back.

“Our currency is a unique symbol of our nationhood, with many of us handling banknotes every day. The Reserve Bank is proud to be able to honour South Africa’s struggle icon and first democratically elected President in this way, and we thank all our stakeholders for their hard work in making this process possible,” Reserve Bank Governor, Gill Marcus said.

The new note series will have the same R10; R20; R50; R100 and R200 denominations and sizes with the engraving of the former President’s face appearing on the different coloured currency. The reverse sides of the notes will carry an image of one of the country’s big five.

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