Heads or Tails? SA Mint finally settles the debate
- South Africans have been debating the past week which side of a coin is the head.
- The South African Mint finally settled the issue, revealing that the coat of arms is the head of the coin.
- It unlocked quite a response on social media.
- For more stories go to the Business Insider South Africa homepage.
The South African Mint has revealed that the side of the coat of arms is the head of a coin, and the side with the animal is the tail.
Twitter user @Katlego_Moncho first asked her followers which was head or tails of a coin last week Tuesday.
This lead to quite a debate on Twitter.
First pic - TAILS, Seond pic - HEADS.Don't listen to everyone who says otherwise just because they base it on the front and back faces of a coin.— Damien Sebe ???? (@DamienSebe) October 15, 2019
First pic tails 2nd pic heads— Taboka Tabz (@TabokaS) October 15, 2019
Animal in front always has a tail. The other side has the "logo" for the state - hence it's heads— Nayomi Kambel (@Qamatas_finest) October 15, 2019
Wow! First is heads. I believe that it is derived from most coins having former heads of states in the first frame.— Mamnguni (@Mnqwazam) October 16, 2019
The head is frame 2 and tails frame 1 .Back in the day the coin would have a monarch's head like the queen ,due to democracy it has been substituted with the country's court of arms, hence all coins have the same "head" and different tails.— R E L E N T L E S S ?? (@Chimusoro2) October 16, 2019
The old SA coins used to have heads on one side, hence that was referred to as the head and the other side the tail. Now the heads have been replaced by the coat of arms. Kakhle kakhle that side is the obverse side and the side with the coin value is the reverse. Ndisatshaya! pic.twitter.com/iJuuOwZiNJ— Vuyisa Mdingi (@VuyisaM3) October 16, 2019
Some people said the comments themselves confused them.
Holy shit,I came to the comments section knowing whats what...now im not so sure. I was like "how is this even a debate"— Mr Black (@BlackHighBrow) October 15, 2019
Responding to the tweet days later, the South African Mint (@SAMint) said heads is the official stateside of a coin.
In South Africa’s case it is the coat of arms, and the animal side the tails, the Mint said.
The response was met with frustration from twitter users who claimed that the South African Mint was spreading fake news.
I'm not gona throw away my culture cause of them, cnt let them ruin my childhood heads is the animal side and tails it's the back finish n klaar?? not even up for debate— theCurveQueen (@Lehlogo39449475) October 18, 2019
The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is responsible for minting all coins of the South African rand.
It also prints commemorative coins to mark significant events or occurrences in the country's history.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently revealed that the country’s next dinosaur-themed commemorative coin will feature Coelophysis rhodesiensis, a two-legged carnivore that grew to a relatively diminutive 3 metres tall.
Read: SA is getting a new dinosaur-themed R25 coin next year – and a less angry leopard on other coins
Mboweni formalised the design by publication in the Government Gazette, declaring the 1 ounce fine silver coin will be a legal tender, worth R25, from 1 January 2020.
The coin is the latest in the collectible – and popular – Natura series from the SA Mint, which has been making the range in gold since 1994. The first silver coin was announced last November.
(Compiled by James de Villiers)
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