When the Republic of South Africa was formed in 1961, they switched to decimal coinage, with 100 cents equal to 1 rand. This coin replaces the old 5-shilling piece and features the Springbok in a leaping portrait. That is fitting, since "spring" is actually Dutch and Afrikaans for "jump" (and bok means antelope or goat).
Springboks are grazers, and they inhabit the vast grass plains in the western part of the southern tip of Africa. The Springbok is the national animal of South Africa and has been hunted since stone age times. Export of its hide is a booming business and its population is considered to be expanding.
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