From the SA Mint "The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful human-to-human heart transplant, performed by a team of around 30 surgeons – led by Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard – in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on 3 December 1967.
Winner, 2019 Coin of the Year- Best Contemporary Event
The reverse of the R2 crown depicts a human torso indicating the position of the heart, the denomination, the words ‘First heart transplant’, and the year ‘1967’. The obverse features the coat of arms of South Africa, the year ‘2017’, and the words ‘South Africa’ in all the official languages.
The reverse of the 2½c tickey shows a human heart, the denomination, and ‘CNB’, while the obverse features the words ‘South Africa’, ‘2017’, and a King Protea.
The full 2017 & Sterling-Silver Crown and Tickey set is comprised of a R2 crown-sized coin, a 2 ½ c Tickey coin and a sterling-silver model of human heart, packaged in a beautiful piano finish varnish, walnut wood box.