The South African Reserve Bank announced that a new R5 coin would be introduced on 28 July 2004.
The new coin included a whole host of anti-counterfeit features after many fake R5 coins were making the rounds during 2003 and 2004.
The coin was bi-metal, with a silver coloured border and it included a bronze coloured centre. The new design was also heavier and thicker than the old one.
It went into circulation on 2 August 2004.