South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), has reopened the doors to its Coin Museum after a four-month period of extensive renovations, Tourism Update reports.
Situated in Centurion, the museum recreates SA history from the perspective of coins, having two distinct themes: circulation coins and collectables. This unique take on South African history gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of circulation coins from their earliest times until the present day, while at the same time taking visitors on the journey from metallurgy to money.
The museum now features a new entrance display – a large metal coil, rolled sheets from which blanks are actually produced for the circulation coins. It also features historical artefacts that tell the story of the beginnings of African currency and coins.
The museum also houses ancient coins dating back to the 1200s and 1600s, which were discovered along the coast of the Eastern Cape – a rare find, with no recorded history of coin usage in SA up until the 1650s.