Struck for the first time on 3 July 1967, with the aim of marketing South African gold, this legend in the coin industry was conceived when the concept of a legal tender gold coin linked to the daily gold price was introduced in South Africa.
The effigy of Paul Kruger, the first President of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) is depicted on the obverse. The reverse was originally designed and engraved by the famous sculptor, Coert Steynberg, and features one of South Africa’s national animal, a Springbok.
2oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
The 2oz gold proof Krugerrand was launched in 2018 and due to its popularity, it makes a return in 2019.
The common obverse design features President Paul Kruger, modelled by die-engraver Otto Schultz and struck from the original die used in 1892 for the historic Kruger half-crown coin.
2019 | NATURA – PALAEONTOLOGY: The rise of the Dinosaurs
A new chapter in the award-winning Natura series begins with the introduction of palaeontology, in recognition of South Africa’s significance to this field and study of plant and animal fossils. In this first instalment of the palaeontology-themed coins, the focus is ‘Rise of the dinosaurs – Archosauria’ over the five 24ct gold coins.
The Karoo supergroup of South Africa is one of the geological wonders of the world. This 12 km thick layer of sedimentary rock was set down over a period of almost 120 million years when South Africa was still part of southern Gondwanaland.
The Archosauria- crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds- or the ruling reptiles, were magnificent beasts which ruled over the land and sky for 180 million years, from the Triassic to the Cretacecous periods. The Archosauriforms evolved at the end of the Triassic, finally taking over the last enclaves of synapsid domination. The next step of evolution, which saw the rise of the dinosaurs, crocodiles and pterosaurs, was imminent.
R25 1oz Fine-Silver: Euparkeria Capensis
A R25 fine-silver Natura is issued for the first time in Silver in 2019, sharing a design with the smallest gold Natura coin in the series, the R5 1/20oz 24ct gold coin. Although dated 2019, this coin belongs with the 2018 Archosaur series. Depicted on the reverse is the Archosauriform together with its scientific name ‘Euparkeria’, the word ‘Natura’, the denomination, the mass and metal value of the coin.
The obverse depicts the fossilised skull, neck and shoulder of an Erythrosuchus africanus. The words ‘Rise of the dinosaurs’, ‘Archosauria’ and the year 2019 as roman numerals ‘MMXVIII’ complete the obverse design.