Throughout the second half of the 20th century South Africa was regarded by most of the world as a pariah state where the ruling white minority passed a range of draconian laws to subdue and enslave the black majority. All this changed in 1994 with the release from prison of world-renowned freedom fighter and icon of the oppressed, Nelson Mandela. A new age of democracy was ushered in, and South Africa was suddenly revealed to the world in her beautiful true colors: a rainbow nation with a kaleidoscope of cultures and a host of attractions to enthrall and entrance visitors. A decade later tourists are flocking to sunny South Africa in droves, particularly to the Western Cape with its magnificent scenery, beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and green winelands.
Currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaus de change and the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is required. Visitors should take care and be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs as there is a high incidence of credit card fraud involving the use of ATMs for receiving currency in South Africa. Travelers' cheques and some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops, but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will exchange them.
Nightlife in South Africa is lively, yet laidback, however the choices are somewhat limited. In summer most action takes place on or near the beach, beginning with sundowners in typical South African style at one of the beach bars, but there are a few vibrant pubs and clubs for later evening entertainment with pool tables, live music and dancing. Everything is paid with the currency of South Africa or with EURO that is also accepted.
South African rare coins are one of the highest performing investments in the world. Today we live in a world of globalization where more and more investors are turning to an increasing number of foreign investments to get higher returns. South African rare coins are exciting international collectors and investors with their very attractive annual returns and we are seeing a greater number of international investors enter and heat up the market place. The South African rare coin market is connected with currency of South Africa and it is hot.
Talking about currency of South Africa, we should mention that South African rare coins have a long history of giving some of the highest financial returns in the country. A 1902 Veldpond with a mintage of 986 pieces was worth ё1 in 1902 and was worth one year later in 1903 ё11. Showing an enormous increase of 1 000% in one year. But they are now getting even more attention by giving some of the largest financial returns of any investment sector globally. The rarest coin the 'Single 9', this coin is the most valuable private rarity in the country. It is important to consider that the ?Single 9? is a comet to the rest of the South African rare coin market.