The iconic Krugerrand, regarded by many as the coin that started modern gold coin collecting, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 since it was first struck on 3 July 1967. To celebrate the enduring value of this trusted and legendary icon, it has been produced for the first time in different metals, as well as different denominations in 2017.
The common reverse on the 2017-dated Krugerrands features South Africa’s national animal, the springbok, as designed and engraved by sculptor Coert Steynberg and first used on the 1947 5-shilling coin. They also all bear a ‘50th anniversary’ privy mark to commemorate the enduring value of this internationally recognised brand.
2017 Krugerrand 1oz Book Set
The Krugerrand Golden Jubilee: 1967 – 2017 book set comprises of the newly-launched Krugerrand Golden Jubilee: 1967 – 2017 book, accompanied by the 2017 1 oz gold Krugerrand coin with a special 50th anniversary mint-mark.
2017 1oz Fine-Silver Proof Krugerrand
Utilising the brilliant lustre of the purest silver available, the silver 1 oz proof features unparalleled gloss that highlights the distinctive Krugerrand design, making it an irresistible addition to any collection. As with the original gold coin minted on 3 July 1967, the silver Krugerrand range bears the undeniable weight of the Krugerrand legacy and carries it forward with superior technological advancements. Each coin is hand positioned and pressed several times at a lower weight, allowing for immaculate transfer of detail and ensuring a truly beautiful gloss every time.
2017 1oz Fine-Silver Premium Uncirculated
The 1 oz silver Premium Uncirculated coin is a visually striking addition to any Krugerrand collection. Crafted with the latest technology, it perfectly demonstrates the highlights, shading and gloss that can be executed in a pure silver coin. All silver Krugerrands are minted with only the best fine silver and with 1 million units launched in 2017, it embodies both accessibility and exclusivity.
This is the first and only time a Krugerrand is issued in silver PU and bears a special 50th anniversary mint-mark. Due to legislation and because it is non gold, the 1 oz fine-silver Proof Krugerrand features a denomination of R1.
2017 1oz Platinum Proof Krugerrand
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first pressing of the Krugerrand, we premier the new and inimitable 1 oz platinum proof coin. Minted with the R10 denomination, this 1 oz proof coin is the first South African legal tender produced in platinum. This, paired with the limited production run makes this coin one of the most valuable collector’s coins in the Krugerrand family. The introduction of this ground-breaking coin sets the stage for an illustrious future in diverse collectible coins.
2017 50oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
The 50 oz gold proof Krugerrand coin is the most monumental offering thus far, taking its position as the flagship offering of the 2017 Anniversary Collection. Issued in 50 oz for the first and only time in 2017 as part of the greater 50th anniversary celebrations, the coin symbolises an ounce of gold for each year being celebrated.
It comes in a very appropriately limited edition of only 50, with a 50th anniversary mint-mark and packaged with additional value added items to make this one of three premium anniversary products.
2017 5oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
With an ounce for every decade in the legacy of the Krugerrand, the new 5 oz gold proof coin adds weight and significance to the Krugerrand family. The 2017 proof coins are hand positioned and pressed five times at a lower weight, allowing for the immaculate transfer of detail. Proof coins are hand packed and encapsulated to maintain mint condition.
1967 1oz Gold Krugerrand
The 1967 vintage 1 oz coin is a re-issue of the original, carrying the prestige of the full 50 years of Krugerrand craft and distinction. First minted on the 3rd of July 1967, it set what can be understood as the new global gold standard. Every 1 oz gold Krugerrand has 1 troy ounce of gold.
2017 1oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
This collector’s coin amplifies the craft and technique associated with the original bullion coin. The 2017 proof coins are hand positioned and pressed several times at a lower weight, allowing for immaculate transfer of detail and finishing. Every 1 oz gold proof Krugerrand has 1 troy ounce of gold. Proof coins are hand packed and encapsulated to maintain mint condition.
2017 1/2oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
As one of the classic members of the Krugerrand family, the 50th anniversary 1/2 oz gold proof coin stands as testament to the legacy of craftsmanship expected by collectors the world over. As the first step towards making the Krugerrand even more accessible, this is one of the three coins, which laid the foundation for all subsequent fractional editions.
2017 1/4oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
With delicacy of design backed by generations of craftsmanship, the 1/4 oz gold proof coin forms an integral part of the Krugerrand family and a pillar of any coin collection.
2017 1/10oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
As one of the iconic members of the Krugerrand family, the 1/10 oz gold proof coin brings together tradition, craftsmanship, and distinction making it the perfect homage to 50 years of superlative coin design. Previously the smallest in the Krugerrand coin range; the 1/10 oz coin is now followed by two smaller coins in the 50th anniversary range.
2017 1/20oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
With ever evolving technology and a legacy of unrivalled craftsmanship, we introduce a new size in the 1/20 oz gold proof Krugerrand: the delicate and intricate tribute to 50 years of iconic collector’s coins. The fractional coins acknowledge the original intention of the Krugerrand as the means of enabling gold ownership among everyday people and with the expansion to the 1/20 oz, this ideal is made even more attainable.
2017 1/50oz Gold Proof Krugerrand
With the introduction of the once-off 1/50 oz gold proof coin, we provide a glimpse at the future of intricacy and artistry while commemorating 50 years of ever evolving craftsmanship and integrity. As the most accessible addition to the Krugerrand family, the 1/50 oz gold proof coin focuses on perfecting intricate and highly detailed artistry while remaining true to the Krugerrand coin. The new 1/50 oz is an absolute novelty that will only be produced for the 50th anniversary of the Krugerrand.
2017 Krugerrand 50th Anniversary Set
This set compromises of the 50 oz proof gold coin, a first in South Africa, as well as the official ‘Golden Jubilee’ Krugerrand book and stamp sheet. It gives any collector lucky enough to access this masterpiece the opportunity to understand the classic Krugerrand design in more detail than ever before. With only 5 of these sets available, it is the most exclusive coin set in the 2017 50th anniversary collection.
1967 - 2017 Krugerrand Vintage Five Coin Set
This set is comprised of three gold, one platinum and one silver coin. The 1967 1 oz gold re-issue, the 2016 1 oz gold proof and the 2017 1 oz gold proof coins show the collector how the mould has been refined over the years, giving greater detail and finish to the original. The platinum and silver 1 oz proof coins set the stage for the future diversity of the Krugerrand family. The new finish on the surface of the die showcases enhanced colour and texture, which can be beautifully observed in the three precious metals featured in this set.
1967 - 2017 Krugerrand Vintage Three Coin Set
This set includes the 1967 1 oz re-issue, the 2016 1 oz proof and the 2017 1 oz proof coins. It allows collectors to enjoy the legacy of the 1 oz proof Krugerrand, from past to present and highlights the evolving technology and its role in elevating the execution of this iconic design. Each Krugerrand coin is minted in classic 22 carat gold, which speaks to the roots of the coin’s enduring legacy as the modern and enduring gold standard.
2017 Krugerrand Prestige Set
This set is a celebration of all Krugerrand sizes from 1 oz and below. The set includes the original 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and the 1/10 oz gold proof coins, with the addition of the new 1/20 oz and 1/50 oz gold proof coins. With ever-evolving technology and our legacy of unrivalled craftsmanship, the new 1/20 oz and 1/50oz coins embody a delicate and intricate tribute to 50 years of iconic collectors’ coins.
2017 Krugerrand Fractional Four Coin Set
This set contains the 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz proof coins and the new 50th anniversary 1/20 oz and 1/50 oz proof coins. The fractional set is distinctive and authentic, reflecting a concerted focus on artistry and intricacy in this accessible collector’s set. The artistic process and craftsmanship behind the minting of these coins imbue them with exquisite detail that is amplified by their minute size and weight.
2017 Krugerrand Fractional Three Coin Set
This set is literally the smallest collection for 2017 and easily provides the opportunity to own a collection set at an affordable price. It is comprised of the traditional 1/10 oz coin joined by the new 1/20 and 1/50 coins. This remarkable set in the Krugerrand collection makes the ownership of a rare Krugerrand set within reach to even more collectors, with the combination of the smallest Krugerrands. The artistic process and craftsmanship behind the minting of these coins imbue them with exquisite detail that is amplified by their minute size and weight.
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.
2017 KRUGERRAND BRACELET
To celebrate 50 years of retailing fine jewellery and gold coin making, Elegance Jewellers and the South African Mint have partnered to issue a selection of exquisite Krugerrand bracelets.
These beautiful one of a kind waxed cord bracelets feature the 22ct 1/50oz gold Krugerrand coin on the one side and a delicate 9ct gold ‘50’ clasp on the other. Made of either a dainty smooth cord or a bold knotted cord, the bracelet is available in a variety of colours.
The exclusive lapel pin is embedded with the most delicate 22ct 1/50oz gold Krugerrand coin and produced in partnership with one of the country’s leading fine jewellery merchants, Elegance Jewellers to mark the momentous 50th anniversary of the Krugerrand.
Lapels are available exclusively for the anniversary year, 2017 in limited quantities.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Krugerrand, the SA Mint collaborates with one of South Africa’s most creative textile designers to unveil a hand-finished, luxurious and unique silk scarf with elements of traditional wax cloth, cowrie shells and bead work beautiful and unique silk scarf.
Its bright and colourful palette is held together through gold and shots of neon pink, and is inspired by South Africa’s rainbow nation.
This is the first and only time the scarf is offered, with a limited edition of only 100.
The current theme, ‘South African inventions’, was launched in 2016, the dolos being the first invention to be featured.
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.
R2 sterling-silver crown
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.
2½c sterling-silver tickey
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.
Crown & Tickey Set
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.
The Crown obverse depicts the coat of arms of South Africa, the year ‘2017’, and the words ‘South Africa’ in all the official languages.
The Tickey obverse features the words ‘South Africa’, the year ‘2017’ and a King Protea.
Marine Protected Areas
2017 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS: Prince Edward Islands MPA
The South African government has established a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to conserve South Africa’s offshore biodiversity and ensure the sustainable use of its marine resources.
In 2013, this four-coin sterling-silver series featured the iSimangaliso MPA in the Delagoa bioregion, followed by the KwaZulu-Natal MPAs in 2014. In 2015, the MPAs in the Agulhas bioregion were denoted and in 2016 aspects of the south-western Cape bioregion were portrayed. This theme concludes in 2017 with South Africa’s first offshore MPA namely the Prince Edward Islands MPA consisting of Prince Edward and Marion Islands located in the southern Indian Ocean, halfway between South Africa and Antarctica.
50c (2 oz, sterling-silver)
The reverse of the 50c features the King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), one of the four penguin species which breed on the islands. In 2008, there were approximately 2 000 pairs on Prince Edward Island and about 6 500 pairs incubating eggs on Marion Island. The coin depicts an adult pair and their chick standing among a colony of King Penguins.
20c (1 oz, sterling-silver)
The Marion Island Killer Whale Programme was established as a dedicated research wing of the Marine Mammal Programme to observe, obtain tissue samples and track the killer whales (Orcinus orca) visiting the island’s rocky shores. Most of the research is done inshore due to the proximity of the visiting killer whales who feed on elephant seals, fur seals and penguins. About 60 individuals have been catalogued. The 20c (1 oz) shows two killer whales leaping from the sea.
10c (1/2 oz, sterling-silver)
Prince Edward Island supports about 40 per cent of the world’s wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) population. An adult albatross landing in the ocean is shown on the 10c. It has a circumpolar range in the Southern Ocean and can travel great distances in search of food. Ranging from 2,5m to 3,5m, its wingspan is the largest of any bird, allowing it to remain airborne for many hours without having to flap its wings.
5c (1/4 oz, sterling-silver)
The southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) featured on the reverse of the 5c spends most of its life out at sea. These seals haul themselves on to land during the breeding season or when they moult in summer and autumn. The males are instantly recognisable by their large, inflatable proboscis and large size. From late August, the males arrive at the breeding grounds before the pregnant females who congregate into groups called ‘harems’. Each group is dominated by a male called a ‘beach master’. The competition among the males is fierce, as depicted on the coin.
The common obverse depicts the national coat of arms, the year of issue ‘2017’ and ‘South Africa’.
The common obverse depicts the national coat of arms, the year of issue ‘2017’ and ‘South Africa’.
The theme ‘South African Reptiles’ began in 2015 on the R1 (1/10 oz) pure gold coin featuring the Nile crocodile, followed by the Cape dwarf chameleon in 2016. The puff adder (Bitis arietans) is featured on the 2017 coin and represents the snakes within this series.
The puff adder is the most common and widespread snake on the African continent. Its colour pattern varies geographically, ranging from yellow through to red-brown, overlaid with a pattern of dark brown to black chevron or u-shaped bands. This colouration and pattern serves as camouflage for both hunting and defence purposes. The snake rarely hunts actively but is known for being extremely aggressive when disturbed; its name is resultant of the snake’s habit of inflating itself and loudly hissing as a warning when disturbed.
After striking its prey, with arguably the fastest strike of 0,25 of a second, it releases its prey as venom is injected and later track the prey through smell.
On the R1 coin the puff adder is shown sniffing the air with its tongue. The denomination of ‘R1’ and the metal value of ‘1/10 oz Au 999.9’, together with its name, is shown.
The South African coat of arms and the year 2017 is presented on the obverse.
The collectable circulation sets are each made up of the following:
The Black Wildebeest or Gnu found in the northern grassveld regions of the Cape, throughout the Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the southern regions of Gauteng. The Black Wildebeest was also depicted on the 2c reverse from 1965 to 1990.
The Kudu, “King of Antelope”, was chosen for the reverse of the R2 coin which replaced the banknote in the 3rd decimal series. The wide spiralling horns are characteristic of the male kudu, which make it one of Africa’s most impressive antelope.
The Springbok, South Africa’s national animal, was first depicted on the silver crown coins from 1947-1951 and 1953-1959. The Springbok was once again chosen for the reverse of the silver 50c (1961-1964), the gold £1 and gold £½ (1952-1960) and the gold R1 and R2 (1961-1964). It was again depicted on the 50c from 1960-1964. From 1977 to 1990, the Springbok appeared on the R1 nickel coins and from 1990 to date, on the smaller R1 in the 3rd series. The Springbok is also depicted on the reverse of our world-renowned Krugerrand.
The Strelitzia (Crane Flower or Bird-Of-Paradise Flower) first appeared together with the Arum Lily and Blue Agapanthus on the 50c coin (1965-1990) as part of the 2nd decimal series, and alone on the 50c in the 3rd series.
The King Protea, South Africa’s national flower, first appeared on the tickey and sixpence from 1925 to 1960 and again in the 1st decimal series (1961-1964) on the 2½c and 5c. The Protea was chosen for the reverse of the 20c in the 2nd series (1965-1989) and 3rd coin series.
The Arum Lily is a distinguished southern African flower. It originally appeared on the 50c coins from 1965-1989. From 1990 onwards it was featured on the 10c coins as part of the country’s 3rd decimal series. In 2012 the plating on the 10c coin was changed from bronze to copper, giving it a reddish appearance.
RSA Proof Currency Coin Set
This set consists of the proof R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c circulation coins.
RSA Uncirculated Currency Coin Set
This set consists of the proof R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c circulation coins.
RSA Proof Currency Coin Set - The Baby Set
The baby set consists of the proof R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c circulation coins.
On this Jubilee year of the Krugerrand, we celebrate South Africa’s numismatic history on the 2017 Natura coin series by featuring illustrated springbok designs created by South African sculptor Coert Steynberg (7 January 1905–28 July 1982) in 1946/47.
These illustrations were created for the design of the 1947 5-shilling coin. The final coin relief of the prancing springbok was later used for the reverse design of the now world-famous Krugerrand.
1, ½, ¼, 1/10, 1/20 oz GOLD COINS
The reverse design of all five coin features a conceptual line drawings of the springbok in different forms, from the 1947 5 shilling coin designs, together with the words ‘Natura’, ‘Coert Steynberg’, the year ’47-17’, the denomination and hallmark.
2017 NATURA PRESTIGE SET
This set consists of the 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz 24ct gold coins, together with the newly introduced 1/20 oz 24ct gold coin, each featuring different sketches on the reverse together with the words ‘Natura’, ‘Coert Steynberg’, the year ‘47–17’, the denomination and hallmark of the coin.
2017 NATURA LAUNCH COIN
The launch coin features a conceptual line drawing of the 1947 5-shilling coin, together with the words ‘Natura’, ‘Coert Steynberg’, the year ’1947-2017’, the denomination and hallmark, with Coert Steynberg’s signature appearing as a privy mark below the springbok.
The coin also comes with two framed copies of the original drawings.
2017 NATURA LAUNCH SET
This set consists of two coins: a 2017-dated Natura 1 oz coin featuring Coert Steynberg’s signature as a privy mark below the springbok, with the obverse depicting a detail of an illustration together with the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2017’, and a 2017-dated Krugerrand 1 oz coin which bears a ‘50th anniversary’ privy mark to commemorate the enduring value of this internationally recognised brand.
This set also comes with two framed copies of the original drawings.
The obverse depicts a detail of an illustration together with the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2017’.
2017 | PROTEA – LIFE OF A LEGEND: Freedom Struggle, Nelson Mandela
The Protea series depicts the life of Nelson Mandela in stages, from his early childhood to his retirement as a statesman.
The 2017 edition focuses on Mandela’s contribution to the establishment of the ANC and the resistance movement in South Africa as well as his life sentencing at the Rivonia Trial. Celebrating Mandela’s contribution to the establishment of the ANC and the resistance movement.
R25 GOLD COIN
The R25 1 oz 24ct gold coin bears the names of the ten accused at the Rivonia Trial (1963–1964), eight of whom received life sentences for sabotage. A quote from his opening statement at the Trial, together with the denomination and metal value, completes the design.
R5 GOLD COIN
The reverse of the R5 1/10oz 24ct gold coin features the quote “Evil ultimately lives in fear of and under threat from the uncompromising commitment to justice, fairness and human compassion.” (British Red Cross humanity lecture, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, England, 10 July 2003) and the denomination ‘R5’, together with a photograph of Nelson Mandela wearing a traditional kaross.
R1 SILVER PROOF COIN
The reverse design of the R1 sterling-silver coin features the demands representing the peoples’ hopes and aspirations for a ‘new’ South Africa, known as the Freedom Charter. It also shows a group of people representing the approximately 3 000 delegates present at the Congress of the People. Nelson Mandela is shown among these individuals as well, and the denomination of ‘R1’ completes the reverse design.
R1 SILVER UNCIRCULATED COIN
The reverse design of the silver uncirculated coin is exactly the same as that of the silver proof coin: it features the denomination of R1 and the tenets of the Freedom Charter, which later became the basis of democratic South Africa’s new constitution.
2017 PROTEA PRESTIGE SET
This 2017 prestige set consists of a 1 oz 24ct gold coin and a 1/10 oz 24ct gold coin, as well as a R1 sterling-silver coin, each featuring different phases in Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the development of the African National Congress (ANC) and the resistance movement in South Africa, as well as his life sentencing at the Rivonia Trial.
2017 PROTEA LAUNCH SET
The special edition launch set consists of a privy mark pure-gold R25 (1oz) coin, a privy mark pure-gold R5 (1/10oz) coin, a R1 sterling-silver coin, and a special medallion with the faces of the eight men who received life sentences for sabotage during the infamous Rivonia Trial (1963–1964).
The common obverse features Mr Mandela wearing one of his iconic Madiba shirts, underlined by a wreath made from South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, and the year 2017.
In 2017, the South African Mint introduced the theme of ‘Celebrating South Africa’. Fittingly, the same year marks the centenary of the birth, on 27 October 1917, of Oliver Reginald Tambo. This product series commemorates his legacy by depicting the roles he played at various stages of his life and political career in securing a free, democratic and culturally dynamic South Africa
‘Comrade OR’, as he was affectionately known, was a founding member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League and between 1944 and his untimely passing in 1993, took on various leadership roles in the party including General Secretary, National Chairperson, Deputy President and President.
Although ‘Comrade OR’ did not fully experience the liberated and democratic dispensation we now enjoy, he spent the better part of his life standing up for those very ideals – for this, his legacy lives on.
The series consists of a 1 oz pure-gold R500 proof coin, a 1 oz sterling-silver R50 proof coin, a base-metal R50 non-circulating legal tender coin and a R5 commemorative circulation coin.
R500 Gold Coin
The reverse features a stylised interpretation of Oliver Tambo representing his Mission in Exile, a term he used in referring to his African National Congress (ANC) presidency while the ANC was banned, together with his full name ‘Oliver Reginald Tambo’, the date ‘1917-2017’, denomination ‘R500’ and metal value ‘1 oz Au 999.9’.
R50 Sterling-Silver Coin
The reverse of this sterling-silver coin features a stylised interpretation of Oliver Tambo as a young man together with his full name ‘Oliver Reginald Tambo’, date of the centenary ‘1917-2017’, the denomination ‘R50’ and metal value ‘1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75’.
R50 Base Metal Coin
The R50 OR Tambo base metal coin is the first non-circulating, collectable legal tender coin made from base metal.
The reverse of the non-circulating legal tender coin features a stylised interpretation of Oliver Tambo with his full name ‘Oliver Reginald Tambo’ and the date of the centenary ‘1917–2017’ along the circumference. The denomination ‘R50’ and metal value ‘Cu Al Ni ’ are also depicted on the reverse.
OR TAMBO CENTENARY 4 COIN PRESTIGE SET
This set consists of one of all the OR Tambo commemorative coins: a 1 oz pure-gold R500 proof coin, a 1 oz sterling-silver R50 proof coin, a base-metal R50 non-circulating legal tender coin along with a proof quality R5 commemorative coin.
NB: The R5 commemorative proof coin can only be found in the 4 and 3 coin sets, and is NOT sold on its own. Unlike the circulation commemorative R5 coin, this coin is of a premium quality (proof), and comes in a capsule, which the circulating R5 does not.
3 COIN SET
This set consists of three of the OR Tambo commemorative coins: a 1 oz sterling-silver R50 proof coin, the base-metal R50 base metal coin and the proof quality commemorative R5 coin.
NB: The R5 commemorative proof coin can only be found in the 4 coin set, and is not sold on its own. Unlike the circulation commemorative R5 coin, this coin is of a premium quality (proof), and comes in a capsule, which the circulating R5 does not.
The obverse depicts the national coat of arms, the year of issue ‘2017’, and the words ‘South Africa’.
Silver And Base Metal Obverses
The obverse of the coin depicts the national coat of arms, year of issue ‘2017’, and the words ‘South Africa’ written in all the official languages.
Circulation Coin Obverse
The obverse depicts the national coat of arms, year of issue ‘2017’, and ‘South Africa’ written in both English and Xitsonga.
2017 | COLOUR COINS – Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
The 2017 colour coin range celebrates the rich diversity and astounding beauty of the Cape West Coast Biosphere, situated in the coastal zone north of Cape Town. The reserve is known for its diverse ecosystems and habitats which include marine, beach and frontal dune environments, pans, wetlands and rocky outcrops. This range is made up of four coins; two R10 sterling-silver coins depicting the fauna and two R5 sterling-silver 1 oz coins depicting the flora of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve.
R10 STERLING-SILVER CASPIAN TERN
The Caspian tern, the largest of its kind, has a heavy coral-coloured bill that makes it easily identifiable and a fitting inclusion in the 2017 colour coin range. The R10 coin portrays the bird flapping its wings on the reverse. Also depicted on the coin are its scientific name ‘Hydroprogne caspia’, the denomination ‘R10’, and the metal value ‘1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75’.
R10 STERLING-SILVER BLUE CRANE
The blue crane is a truly dynamic bird. Its distinctive feathers stretch upward when it feels threatened or excited and its extended wing feathers, known as tertials, trail on the ground and are often mistaken for regal tail feathers. The R10 coin features the near-endemic national bird of South Africa imposingly spreading its wings. On the reverse is also the bird’s scientific name ‘Grus paradisea’, the denomination ‘R10’, and the metal value ‘1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75’.
R5 STERLING-SILVER STARFISH LILY
The Mature Startfish Lily, an alien-looking flower with its frilly edges, could easily be mistaken for an exotic sea creature. The fully opened creamy white flowers with brown ruffled edges and chocolate-brown to deep purple spots, highlighted with striking orange anthers. The plant has fleshy sword-like leaves and the flowers have a sweet aroma that reminds vaguely of vanilla. The reverse of this R5 coin features this flower of the Western Strandveld biome, along with its scientific name ‘Ferraria Crispa’ , the denomination ‘R5’, and the metal value ‘1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75’.
R5 STERLING-SILVER YELLOW WINE CUP
The yellow wine cup, which blooms in early spring, has deep creamy-yellow cups with dark red-brown centres. The flowers only open fully on hot, still days and are native to the seasonally wet flats of Darling in the Western Cape. This R5 coin depicts the yellow wine cup against the background of the renosterveld; along with its scientific name ‘Geissorhiza darlingensis’, the denomination ‘R5’, and the metal value ‘1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75’.
2017 COLOUR COINS PRESTIGE SET
The second installation of the Colour Coin range, sees the introduction of a full set. The prestige set consists of all four coins; two R10 sterling-silver 1 oz coins depicting the fauna and two R5 sterling-silver 1 oz coins depicting the flora of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve.
The common obverses features a map of South Africa indicating the location of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve together with the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2017’.