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The iconic Krugerrand celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. To celebrate the enduring value of this trusted and legendary gold coin, the Krugerrand range was extended with new sizes and metals.

Following the success of this extended range, in 2018 we bring you some of the popular new sizes from 2017, and introduce yet another new size: the 2oz gold coin. The silver proof Krugerrand also makes a return.

The standard four gold coins saw the introduction of four additional sizes: a 50oz and 5oz on the large end of the scale, and a 1/20oz and 1/50oz on the smaller side of the scale.

As with the original gold coin minted on 3 July 1967, the 2018 gold Krugerrand range bears the classic springbok design on the coins.

Krugerrand 2018



Nelson Mandela Centenary


2018 | MANDELA CENTENARY 1918 – 2018

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2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and we are proud to honour his legacy with a new coin range.

The new coins are the second installation in the “Celebrating South Africa” theme, through which we celebrate milestones and symbols of South Africa’s freedom, democracy and culture. The first coin series in this theme was the 2017 OR Tambo Centenary range (see 2017 coin range).

Each meticulously crafted coin allows us to look back at the remarkable stages of Mandela’s life, and his struggle for justice, human rights, and a free and democratic South Africa.


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2018 | R2 CROWN & TICKEY – SOUTH AFRICAN INVENTIONS: Computed Tomography

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The 2018 South African Inventions theme is Computed Tomography (CT), invented by Allan McLeod Cormack. The CT is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed pictures or scans of areas inside the body. It is also termed computerised tomography and computerised axial tomography (CAT).

The ‘South African inventions’ theme was launched in 2016, to highlight globally relevant inventions and firsts by South Africans. The dolos was the first invention to be featured, followed by the first successful human-to-human heart transplant in 2017.


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Crown and Tickey 2018





2018 | PROTEA – LIFE OF A LEGEND: Robben Island, Nelson Mandela

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The ‘Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela’ Protea series was introduced in 2013, representing a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue. The 2018 edition features his 27-year incarceration and eventual release.


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2018 Protea





2018 | NATURA – PALAEONTOLOGY: The rise of the Dinosaurs

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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

Each coin in this set depicts a different Archosauriform, together with its scientific name, the word ‘Natura’, the denomination, mass and metal value of the coin.


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Natura Series 2018



RSA Circulation Sets
SA Mint Circulation Coins - 10c
SA Mint Circulation Coins - 20c
SA Mint Circulation Coins - 50c
SA Mint Circulation Coins - R1
SA Mint Circulation Coins - R2
SA Mint Circulation Coins - R5


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The collectable circulation sets are each made up of the following:


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2018 Circulation Sets
R1 Gold


2018 | R1 GOLD – REPTILES: Parrot-beaked Padloper

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The 2018 R1 gold coin concludes the theme ‘South African Reptiles’ on the 1/10oz 24ct gold coin which began in 2015 and featured the Nile crocodile, followed by the Cape dwarf chameleon in 2016 and the puff adder in 2017. It features members of the Testudines order which is represented on the reverse of the coin by the parrot-beaked padloper (Homopus areolatus).

The parrot-beaked padloper is part of a group of five species of very small tortoise endemic to southern Africa, and its species ranges from 70g to 650g in mass, while their flat rectangular carapace can vary in length from 60mm to 165mm. It is found in the coastal fynbos and is restricted to the southern Cape. Its colouration is toffee brown with yellow, orange and green, and is similar to the rocks and soil of its habitat, but during the mating season the nasal scales of the males change to a deep orange-red.

Reptiles of the Testudines order include turtles and terrapins, and are characterised by a special skeletal or cartilaginous shell developed from the ribs that act as a shield.


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2018 R1 Gold
UNESCO Man and Biosphere


2018 | UNESCO MAN AND BIOSPHERE: Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

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Introduced in 2015, The UNESCO man and the biosphere coin series features the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR) in 2018. A pristine wilderness and important water catchment area for the arid region, the biosphere is situated within the Bushveld District in the Limpopo Province. Preservation of the water resources was one of the main reasons for establishing the biosphere reserve.


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2018 UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve



Colour Coins

2018 | COLOUR COINS: Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

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The 2018 colour coin range represents the beautiful fauna and flora of the Waterberg Biosphere, situated in the magnificent Waterberg district in Limpopo. As the name implies, The Waterberg serves as a water reservoir for this arid region.

There are four main river catchment areas which provide water to an area of over 40 000km2. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is an area consisting of low mountain ranges and escarpments with poor soils and a relatively low level of economic activity. Habitats are sufficiently represented to ensure that the current high biodiversity is maintained and the low human density ensures large areas of unspoiled wilderness and open spaces are a main characteristic of this biosphere reserve.


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2018| COLOUR COINS – Waterberg Biosphere Reserve
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.


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R2 Crown & Tickey

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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.


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2017 R2 Crown & Tickey - South African Inventions
OR Tambo Centenary
2017 OR Tambo R500 Gold Coin
2017 OR Tambo R50 Sterling Silver Coin
2017 OR Tambo R50 Base Metal Coin
2017 OR Tambo Commemorative R5 Proof Coin

2017 | OR Tambo Centenary 1917 – 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.


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2017 | CELEBRATING SOUTH AFRICA – OR Tambo Centenary 1917 – 2017
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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.


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2017 | COLOUR COINS – Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve


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The iconic Krugerrand has kept the same design since inception in 1967, and every new instalment bears the current year. The Krugerrand numismatic proof range is comprised of one, half, quarter and tenth ounce coins.

The year 2016 marks the 50th year since the striking of the first Krugerrand (although the coin only became available in 2017). The proof Krugerrand range is available in limited quantities as a set of individual coins.

The reverse of all four coins features a prancing springbok and the current year, with the word “Krugerrand” above the animal and the gold content below.

The obverse of the coins bear a bust of South Africa’s president, Paul Kruger, at the time that the original Krugerrand was first introduced.



Protea Series
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R25 (1oz, 24ct gold), R5 (1/10oz, 24ct gold) and R1 sterling-silver

Protea Series2016: Nelson Mandela and the theme of Justice

The South African Mint honours The life of a legend: Nelson Mandela on its Protea coin series. Introduced in 2013, a different chapter of Mr Mandela’s life is portrayed annually (his childhood in 2013, his education years in 2014 and his arrival and early years in Johannesburg in 2015). In 2016, the series focuses on Nelson Mandela as a young attorney and the concept of justice.

The Freedom Charter, adopted at the Congress of the People held in Kliptown on 26 June 1955, was a statement of core principles which called for democracy and human rights, land reform, labour rights, nationalisation and a non-racial South Africa. Many of the demands listed in the Freedom Charter were included in the 1996 Constitution of South Africa. The year 2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of the approval of the Constitution.

Nelson Mandela achieved his goal of becoming an independent practising attorney when, in August 1952, he and Oliver Tambo became business partners and opened Mandela & Tambo Attorneys in Chancellor House. This was the first African law firm in South Africa and represented clients from all over the country. It was during this time that Mr Mandela became increasingly active within the African National Congress (ANC), fighting segregationist and discriminatory laws.

The 2016 pure-gold R25 (1 oz) Protea coin features Nelson Mandela as a young attorney in these offices and a quotation from his 1962 address to the Old Synagogue Court in Pretoria on charges of inciting workers to strike and leave the country illegally: “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.” Also featured are the words ‘Mandela & Tambo Attorneys’, the denomination ‘R25’ and the metal value ‘1 oz Au 999.9’.

The pure-gold R5 (1/10 oz) Protea coin symbolises the theme of justice with a scale in the background and a quote from Mr Mandela from the address to the Old Synagogue Court in 1962: “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Also featured are the denomination ‘R5’ and the metal value ‘1/10 oz Au 999.9’.

The sterling-silver R1 Protea coin depicts an African Lady Justice holding a balanced scale together with the seven fundamental values of the Constitution of South Africa and the denomination ‘R1’.

On the common obverse, Nelson Mandela is featured wearing a trademark Madiba shirt, surrounded by South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, as well as the words ‘South Africa’ and ‘2016’.

Big Cats

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R200 (24ctGold-1oz), R100 (24ctGold-1/2oz), R50 (24ctGold-1/4oz) and The R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver

The South African Mint introduced a new coin series in 2016 consisting of four 24-carat gold coins, namely a R200 (1 oz), R100 (1/2 oz), R50 (1/4 oz) and R20 (1/10 oz), and a sterling-silver R2 (1 oz) crown. Africa’s big cats are celebrated on this coin series issued in collaboration with the ‘National Geographic Big Cats Initiative’.

This project endeavours to support on-the-ground conservation and education projects combined with global public awareness campaigns to counteract the big cat population’s rapid decline due to habitat loss and degradation as well as conflict with humans.

The word ‘cheetah’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘chita’ meaning ‘spotted one’ and is the first cat to be portrayed in this series. The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is the fastest land animal, able to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. These predators rely primarily on sight to hunt.

The R200 (1 oz)

fine-gold coin portrays the characteristics of this unique predator by featuring a growling cheetah and a cheetah captured in mid-stride. The line pattern and stylised human features reminiscent of woodcut prints, together with the denomination ‘R200’, metal ‘Ag 999.9’ and weight ‘1 oz’ complete the design.

R100 (24ctGold-1/2oz)

Cheetahs have been associated with royalty and elegance, therefore a portrait of this regal predator is the main focus on the R100 coin.

The line pattern and stylised human features reminiscent of woodcut prints, together with the denomination ‘R100’, metal ‘Au 999.9’ and weight ‘1/2 oz’ complete the design.

R50 (24ctGold-1/4oz)
The ‘R50’ denomination, metal ‘Au 999.9’ and weight ‘1/4 oz’ complete the gold coin offering. The obverse of the R50 features the national coat of arms, the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2016’.
The 1/10 oz therefore portrays two adolescent cheetahs grooming each other. The line pattern and stylised human features reminiscent of woodcut prints, together with the denomination ‘R20’, metal ‘Au 999.9’ and weight ‘1/10 oz’ complete the design. The obverse features the national coat of arms, the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2016’.
The gold coins share a common obverse design, which depicts the national coat of arms, the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2016’.
The R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver coin portrays the characteristics of a cheetah by featuring a growling cheetah and a cheetah captured in mid-stride. The line pattern and stylised human features reminiscent of woodcut prints, together with the denomination ‘R2’, metal ‘Ag 925 Cu 75’ and weight ‘1 oz’ complete the design.

The obverse of the silver coin features the national coat of arms, ‘South Africa’ written in all 11 official languages and the year ‘2016’.


R1 (1/10oz, 24ct gold)


The R1 (1/10oz) pure gold coin was re-introduced in 1997 as a commemorative coin. The theme ‘South African Reptiles’ began in 2015 and featured the Nile crocodile. The Cape dwarf chameleon is depicted on the 2016 coin.


The Cape dwarf chameleon, Bradypodion pumilum, represents the lizards within the reptile series. Endemic to the southern part of the Western Cape, it is one of 15 described dwarf chameleons in the country. This small, viviparous lizard has come under intense pressure as its habitat has been transformed into urban areas and monoculture plantations.

On the R1 coin the chameleon is shown basking in the sun, while its eyes move independently from one another searching for prey and predators. The denomination of R1 and the metal value of 1/10oz Au 999.9 together with its name are also featured.


The South African coat of arms and year 2016.


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R100 (1oz, 24ct gold), R50 (1/2oz, 24ct gold), R20 (1/4oz, 24ct gold) and R10 (1/10oz, 24ct gold)

Natura: the spotted hyena

A new theme in the Natura coin series, ‘Nocturnal hunters’, was introduced in 2014. The first predator to feature on the coins was the leopard, followed by the black-backed jackal in 2015. The year 2016 sees the final addition to this theme: the spotted (or laughing) hyena (Crocuta crocuta).

The hyena has an extensive vocal range: whoops, fast whoops, grunts, groans, lows, giggles, yells, growls, soft grunt-laughs, whines and soft squeals. Its loud ‘who-oop’ call and its unusual laughter are one of the most recognisable sounds of the African bush at night. The pitch of the laugh indicates the hyena’s age, while variations in the frequency of notes convey information about its social rank.

The reverse of each of the four pure-gold coins depicts a different aspect of the hyena’s behaviour.

The R100 (1 oz) coin features a lone adult hyena, the word ‘Natura’ and the denomination ‘R100’, with the metal value ‘1 oz Au 999.9’. Hyenas can run at speeds of up to 60km/h and have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. The female is larger than the male and dominates the pack. There is a very strong hierarchy, especially when they are feeding.

The R50 (1/2 oz) coin depicts a pack of hyenas out on a hunt. The spotted hyena hunts in small packs, seeking out weaker members in a herd of antelope. Once the prey has been selected, the pack separates it from the herd and chases it down over long distances. Also shown are the word ‘Natura’, the denomination ‘R50’ and the metal value ‘1/2 oz Au 999.9’.

The R20 (1/4 oz) coin portrays a pair of feeding hyenas. Although primarily a hunter, the hyena also scavenges. The word ‘Natura’ and the denomination ‘R20’, together with the metal value of the coin (‘1/4 oz Au 999.9’), complete the design of the coin.

The R10 (1/10 oz) coin illustrates a female hyena with her cub, together with the word ‘Natura’, the denomination ‘R10’ and the metal value ‘1/10 oz Au 999.9’. The average litter consists of two cubs, born after a gestation period of around 110 days. Cubs are born with soft brownish-black hair and develop the lighter-coloured spotted coat of adults after two to three months. The milk of the spotted hyena has the highest protein content of any terrestrial carnivore and a fat content second only to that of the polar bear and sea otter.

The common obverse features a ‘laughing’ spotted hyena and the words ‘South Africa’ and ‘2016’. The moon, which represents the nocturnal habits of this carnivore, is repeated on each coin, visually linking the four coins.


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50c (2oz), 20c (1oz), 10c (1/2oz) and 5c (1/4oz) sterling-silver

South Africa’s holistic approach to conservation includes a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to conserve the country’s offshore biodiversity and ensure the sustainable use of its marine resources.
This theme was introduced in 2013, featuring the Delagoa bioregion, followed by MPAs in the Natal and Agulhas bioregions in 2014 and 2015 respectively. 2016 sees the celebration of the South-Western Cape bioregion, through depictions of various marine life.

The coins are available individually and as a set.

50c (2oz): The eight-tentacle master of camouflage, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris), is featured on the coin. These territorial cephalopods make their home in crevices among the rocky formations of shallow coastal waters. Here they prey on crabs, rock lobsters, and shellfish.

20c (1oz): On the coin a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) propels itself out of the water. Their curiosity and intelligence, complex social interactions, and sophisticated predatory behaviour have inspired concentrated research, resulting in greater understanding. Consequently, more focused conservation efforts have been implemented in South African coastal waters to protect this once maligned marine hunter.

10c (1/2oz): The coin features the endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) sitting on its nest. Protected after centuries of persecution, mainly from guano scraping and egg collecting, it was hoped that their numbers would increase. But recent studies show a rapid population decline, probably as a result of commercial fisheries competing for sardines and anchovies which form the bulk of the penguins’ diet. It is thought that protecting the feeding grounds around the breeding colonies should sustain the penguins while minimising the impact on the fishing industry.

5c (1/4oz): The West Coast rock lobster (Jasus lalandii), contributes about R200 million to the South African economy every year. Rock lobsters cannot be bred in captivity due to their long and complex life cycle. After 80 days, tiny transparent spider-like larvae hatch from the eggs; these moult and become phyllosoma larvae with long hairy legs which drift on the ocean currents for over seven months. They moult 11 times; the final stage is a 20mm colourless lobster that swims inshore and finds refuge under a rock or a crevice where it continues to grow to maturity.


The year on the obverse changes to 2016.

R2 Crown & Tickey



The R2 Crown and Tickey were first introduced in 1997, and in 2016 a new theme entitled South African Inventions was adapted.

The first invention to be featured in this new theme is the dolos, an engineering innovation developed in East London in 1963 to protect harbour walls and dissipate the energy of breaking waves. The dolos’ design ensures that these concrete boulders form an interlocking yet porous wall.

The reverse of the R2 crown depicts people on a harbour wall protected by a number of dolosse. Its obverse features the coat of arms of South Africa, the year ‘2016’ and the words ‘South Africa’ in all the official languages. The reverse of the 2-½ cent tickey shows a single dolos with the denomination ‘2-½ c’ while the obverse features the words ‘South Africa’ with the year ‘2016’ and -a Protea.

A dolos can weigh up to 20 tons, thus they are placed in position and on top of each other by cranes, and over time, tend to get further entangled as they are shifted by the waves of the ocean. Roughly 10 000 dolosse are required to preserve a kilometre of coastline and so they are found in their millions along coastlines worldwide.

These un-reinforced concrete shapes are manufactured by pouring concrete into a steel mould. The concrete is sometimes mixed with steel fibres to strengthen the dolosse in the absence of reinforcing. Construction of the dolosse takes place as close as possible to the area where they will be placed due to their great mass and difficulty in moving them. They are often numbered so that their movement can be monitored over time and so that engineers can gauge if more dolosse need to be added to the pile.

Eric Mowbray Merrifield, East London Harbour Engineer from 1961 to 1976, is credited with the invention of the dolos, but in the late 1990s Aubrey Kruger, Merrifield’s young draughtsman at the time, claimed that he and Merrifield considered the shape of the concrete blocks together to be used in the protection of East London’s extensive breakwaters following damage done by a major storm in 1963.

Although Merrifield died in 1982 and Kruger’s claim cannot be settled either way, the focus in celebrating this engineering feat is not on the inventor, but on the origins of the invention- South Africa. The dolos has changed the face of coastlines around the world.

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Man and Biosphere
MAB Southern Core Area R2 1/4oz 24ct Gold
UNESCO Northern Core Area R2 1/4oz 24ct Gold
UNESCO Fossils of the West Coast R2 (sterling silver)
UNESCO People of the West Coast R2 (sterling silver)

Man and the Biosphere: Cape West Coast

Greater consciousness of how we interact with nature has developed in the past half-century. UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) launched the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1971 ‘to promote interdisciplinary approaches to management, research and education in ecosystem conservation and sustainable use of natural resources’. South Africa participates in this international initiative. Hence UNESCO’s logo is featured as a mint mark on the reverse of each coin

The Biosphere Reserve coin series was launched in 2015 and portrayed the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve that year. The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR), designated in 2000, is featured in 2016. This set consists of two R2 (1/4 oz) gold coins and two R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver crowns.

The common obverse design on all four coins shows a map of South Africa indicating the location of the biosphere reserve and also as an enlarged map. The design also features the words ‘South Africa’ and ‘2016’, together with a compass.

The reverse of the first R2 (1/4 oz) gold coin represents the northern core area of the biosphere reserve, which consists of the Berg River Estuary and the West Coast National Park (WCNP). The WCNP and the Saldanha Bay islands are international ‘important bird areas’ and a Ramsar site. As such, the great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) as well as the greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), both water birds, are depicted on this coin. The WCNP is also known for its fynbos, which transforms the landscape into a beautiful floral tapestry during the summer months. The Elands Sourfig (Carpobrotus acinaciformis) and the Chinkerinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides), also depicted on the coin, represent the rich flora of the area.

The reverse of the second R2 (1/4 oz) gold coin represents the southern core area of the biosphere reserve, which consists of Dassen Island, the Riverlands Nature Reserve and the Witzand Aquifer. The black harrier (Circus maurus), the Cape fox (Vulpes chame) and the beautiful wine cup (Geissorhiza radians) represent the fauna and flora of this part of the CWCBR. The aquifer, which provides 40 percent of Cape Town’s water, is represented by a water droplet pattern.

The reverse of the first R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver crown features the West Coast Fossil Park, an area of historical and cultural value which lies within the buffer area of the biosphere reserve. It contains remarkably well-preserved faunal fossil remains dating from the terminal Miocene to the early Pliocene epochs, about 5,2 million years ago. Featured on the coin are the African bear (Agriotherium africanum) and one of the three African elephant fossils (Anancus capensis). Also represented are the hunting hyenas, the short-necked giraffe and the sand grouse. The palm trees are indicative of the plant life and climate that existed in the Miocene–Pliocene period.

The reverse of the second R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver crown depicts the agricultural and tourism industries within the biosphere reserve. The fishing industry is an important source of income for the people of the West Coast. Small fishing boats and a fisherman drawing in his net are portrayed on the coin. The wheat, cattle and sheep pattern represent the Swartland grain cultivation and the livestock and dairy production; and the grapes and flowers allude to the viticulture, with specific reference to biodiversity and the Wine Initiative.

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Colour Coins


The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme has changed the way we interact with nature. In celebration of the rich diversity of the Kogelberg Biosphere, the South African Mint has, for the first time, launched a new colour coin range to showcase its staggering beauty. The range contains four coins; two R5 sterling-silver 1 oz coins depicting the flora and two R10 sterling-silver 1 oz coins depicting the bird life of the UNESCO Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

The first R5 colour flower coin features a beautiful flowering blue-bearded disa, while the other flower coin depicts the striking Hermanus cliff gladiolus, situated in its natural habitat of rocky sandstone outcrops and cliffs.

The first R10 colour bird coin features the vibrant orange-breasted sunbird displaying its colourful plumage of bright metallic blue, violet, olive green, orange and yellow. The second coin features a male Cape rock-jumper with its dark rufous-red breast and belly.

The common obverse features a map of South Africa, the location of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the words ‘South Africa’ and the year ‘2016’.

Bring your collection to life with one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse floral and bird kingdoms, now in stunning full colour.



The Krugerrand has always roused interest among coin enthusiasts and the general public. This is not surprising. Gold has captivated humankind for centuries, and gold coins represent wealth and prestige. The Krugerrand’s classic design kindles memories of a bygone era and symbolises the romance and allure of gold.

This iconic legal tender was launched in 1967. It contains one troy ounce of pure gold. In 1980, the fractional Krugerrands – of 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz – were added to this historic coin series.

The design on the obverse of each of the four coins dates back to the county’s first circulation coin series introduced in 1892 by the then President of the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek, Paul Kruger. His bust, featured on the Kruger pounds and shillings, was created by the die-engraver Otto Schultz. The reverse design of the prancing springbok, South Africa’s national animal, was modelled by Coert Steynberg. It was originally created for the commemorative 5-shilling coin issued in 1947 to celebrate the visit of the British Royal Family to South Africa.

The name ‘Krugerrand’ comes from Paul Kruger and the rand, the monetary unit of South Africa, which is associated with the Witwatersrand, ‘the ridge of white water’, the gold-producing area discovered in 1886. The discovery of this gold reef changed the history of South Africa. Overnight, a hub of commerce was established as thousands flocked to the country. An era of unprecedented expansion began. South Africa became the world’s biggest gold producer. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, 75 per cent of the world’s gold was produced here. The promotion of gold was considered vital, not least as an investment, following the collapse of the Gold Standard in 1971.

The vehicle chosen to drive demand was the Krugerrand, which was developed in the 1960s by the Chamber of Mines working closely with the South African Reserve Bank and the South African Mint. The Krugerrand was the world’s first ounce-denominated gold coin. It was mass-produced to enable everyone to purchase gold easily – and at a low premium above the gold price.

Although Krugerrands are legal tender, they have never recorded a face value. The value of each coin is directly related to the prevailing value of its gold content.

Today, Krugerrands are issued as bullion coins and as proof quality collectors’ coins.

This Krugerrand Prestige Set contains the four proof quality coins issued in 2015 as a limited edition.



Protea Series


The South African Mint honours The Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela on its Protea coin series. Introduced in 2013, a different chapter of Mr Mandela’s life is portrayed annually on the three coins.

The 2015 sterling-silver R1 Protea coin symbolises Nelson Mandela’s personal growth and transformation from an inexperienced youth who had run away from his privileged home with the royal family of the Thembu people to seek his fortune in the City of Gold to a young man who came to rely on his inner strength and abilities.

This theme is continued on the 2015 pure-gold R25 (1oz) Protea coin which shows a more mature and self-assured Nelson Mandela as a young man whose evolving views, beliefs and character would eventually lead him to the presidency of a democratic South Africa.

The background design of both coins features some of the names of the former President’s friends and mentors during these difficult years in Johannesburg. They supported him, gave him opportunities, offered guidance, introduced him to new ideas, and acquainted him with the various social and political sectors within Johannesburg society. One of these companions would become a lifelong friend and mentor, Walter Sisulu.

The 2015 pure-gold R5 (1/10oz) Protea coin features a quotation from the speech that Tata Madiba gave at Walter Sisulu’s 90th birthday celebration: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

On the common obverse, Nelson Mandela is shown wearing a trademark Madiba shirt which is surrounded by South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea.



Man and Biosphere

Greater consciousness on how we interact with nature has developed in the last half-century. UNESCO launched the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1971 ‘to promote interdisciplinary approaches to management, research and education in ecosystem conservation and sustainable use of natural resources’. South Africa participates in this international initiative; it has six biosphere reserves.

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) was registered in 1998. The map on the common obverse of the four coins indicates its location in the Western Cape Province. An enlarged map shows the reserve, which covers land and sea.

The Biosphere series consists of two R2 (1/4oz) pure-gold coins and two R2 sterling-silver coins, each featuring different aspects of the KBR.

The first gold coin shows the unspoiled mountains of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. This is the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the world’s most diverse and abundant floral area. The Marsh Rose (Orothamnus zeyheri) and the Cape Mountain Leopard (Panthera pardus) appear on the coin, as does a cabin of the Oudebosch Mountain Camp, an eco-friendly tourism facility with minimal impact on the sensitive environment.

The second gold coin focuses on the iconic species living on the shoreline of the Kogelberg Marine Park The African Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini) forages for mussels in the rocky intertidal zone while the African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) glides through the Atlantic Ocean before returning to the breeding colony at Stony Point. The Cape Clawless Otter (Aonyx capensis) makes its home in fresh-water rivers, estuaries and lakes.

The first sterling-silver coin depicts the Elgin Valley, once a wildlife haven for large herds of antelope and a home to San hunters and Khoi pastoralists. Early pioneers established farms in this area, from which developed the largest fresh-produce export industry in southern Africa. The valley is best known for its apples and pears, depicted on the coin with an African Honey Bee (Apis mellifera scutellata). Hills covered in orchards appear in the background.

The second sterling-silver coin represents the importance of responsible marine management. The 1800s and 1900s saw the development of the fishing industry in the area. The high demand for whale products had brought the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) to the brink of extinction. Today, South Africa enforces the ban on whaling and supports the growing whale-watching ecotourism. The survival of the Abalone (Haliotis midae) depends on the protection of breeding communities and the strict control of its harvesting.

Ensuring the survival of our natural environment while sustaining our use of this asset is a complex balancing act.



The R1 (1/10oz) pure-gold coin features one of South Africa’s iconic reptiles: the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).  This is the first coin in the ‘Reptiles of South Africa’ series, which pays tribute to the country’s extraordinarily diverse reptile fauna.
The Nile crocodile is the only crocodile species in southern Africa. Fewer than an estimated 12 000 remain in protected natural areas.

The animal is one of the largest living reptiles; it grows to 3 metres in the wild. Its robust body and tail are covered with horny scales. The reptile has a long snout with large teeth, and its eyes and nostrils protrude from the water when the crocodile floats just below the surface.

Active day and night, Nile crocodiles inhabit rivers, lakes, swamps and estuaries. They often bask in the sun, their mouths agape. At night they move into water to keep warm. This is also when they do most of their hunting; adult Nile crocodiles prey on fish, large mammals and birds.

The Nile crocodile belongs to the Crocodylia order. Besides birds, it is the only living representative of the ancient group Archosauria, which emerged over 220 million years ago.






The Natura pure-gold coin series was launched in 1994. It has become one of the SA Mint’s most sought-after coin collections, winning many international awards. A new theme within the series, ‘Nocturnal Hunters’, was introduced in 2014; the first predator to feature on the coins was the leopard. In 2015, the black-backed jackal is depicted.

The fossil records of the black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) found in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania date back two million years. Today, this ancient form of canid has adapted to a wide range of habitats, from city suburbs to the desert. Its versatility has earned it a reputation of cunningness and superior intelligence.

Also referred to as the silver-back or red jackal, the black-backed jackal has a reddish-brown coat and a black-tipped bushy tail; the fur on its back is a striking blend of silver and black while the underparts are white. The dog-like head, pointed muzzle and upstanding pointed ears are a deep russet red.

The portrait of a black-backed jackal features on the obverse of the 1oz coin in the ‘Nocturnal Hunters’ theme of 2015, together with the year ‘2015’ and the words ‘South Africa’.

On the reverse of each coin, different aspects of the black-backed jackal’s behaviour are shown. The R100 (1oz) coin depicts the jackal lying lazily on its front paws. On the R50 (1/2oz) coin, a jackal pair which has mated for life is featured. The R20 (1/4oz) coin shows a black-backed jackal hunting for rodents while the R10 (1/10oz) coin portrays a mother jackal with her pup.

Due to its striking appearance and wide distribution, the black-backed jackal is one of Africa’s most common and best-known predators. These versatile hunters are mainly active during the night, often spotted at dawn or at dusk, and their haunting call is a typical sound in the African bush at night.

The moon represents the ‘Nocturnal Hunters’ theme of 2015 and unifies the four coins in the Natura series.





South Africa has developed a more holistic approach to conservation to preserve its natural environment while ensuring the sustainable use of the country’s fauna and flora to the benefit of its people. 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 are represented.

A pair of Cape gannets (Morus capensis) greeting each other is portrayed on the 50c (2oz) coin, with a group of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus). The Betty’s Bay MPA and the Bird Island MPA offer protection to many seabirds and the endemic species living in the subtidal habitat.

A southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) and her calf are depicted on the 20c (1oz) coin. The exploitation of these majestic mammals brought the species to the brink of extinction. Today, South Africa protects all whales and encourages ecotourism. During winter, people flock to the Cape to watch the antics of the whales as they seek out sheltered bays to give birth and rear their young.

Another protected species whose numbers are increasing is the Cape or South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) portrayed on the 10c (1/2oz) coin. Unlike the mother’s golden-brown colouring, the pup has a black velvety coat. Its distinctive call and scent enable the mother to find it when she returns to the breeding colony after a foraging trip. The pup is dependent on its mother for about 10 months while it learns to forage and hunt on its own.

MPAs offer sanctuaries to entire ecosystems where smaller creatures are as fascinating as the more prominent members of these underwater communities. The exquisitely beautiful basket star (Astrocladus euryale) appears on the 5c (1/4oz) coin. Its 10 arms branch into ever-finer, delicate tendrils which it holds outstretched like a basket to catch passing animals. Its circular body is decorated with coarse knobs which, surrounded by black, create a striking colour contrast with the lighter body. These brittlestars can grow to 30-50cm.

The four coins symbolise South Africa’s extraordinary coastal ecosystems with their unique and varied habitat, fauna and flora.



R2 Crown & Tickey


The R2 Crown and 2½c Tickey sterling silver coins series was introduced in 1997. The current theme is “Trains of South Africa”. In 2012, the first of the trains to be portrayed was the Gautrain, followed by the diesel electric locomotives in 2013 and the electric locomotives and trains in 2014. The steam-powered locomotives are featured on the 2015 coins.

The first completed track for a steam-powered locomotive was built by the Natal Railway Company between the city (then town) of Durban and Harbour Point. The official opening took place on 26 June 1860, with the first steam train journey in South Africa taking about 5 minutes to cover the modest distance of 3,2km. This short journey was the beginning of the construction of a widespread South African railway service which was largely completed by 1910.

The class 15F steam locomotive is featured on the sterling silver R2 Crown. The class 15 was introduced by Chief Mechanical Engineer Hendrie in 1914 and formed part of the South African Railways’ (SAR) large mixed traffic locomotives for use on main lines. The class 15 became the best known and most successful of the main line locomotive types, with no less than 563 engines being supplied to SAR over a period of 34 years. The obverse of the R2 Crown features the South African National Coat of Arms and the words ‘2015’ and ‘South Africa’ written in all eleven official languages.

The 2½c Tickey features the class 19D steam locomotive on the reverse. The versatile class 19D locomotive was used for branch and main lines, as well as for shunting work all over South Africa. Two hundred and thirty five engines were built for SAR, of which the first order from the company Krupp, Borsig and Skoda was delivered between 1937 and 1939. The class 19D locomotives were among the last of the steam locomotives to be replaced by electric and diesel-electric traction. The obverse of the 2½c Tickey features the words ‘2015’ and ‘South Africa’, as well as the protea which first appeared on the threepence of 1925, modelled by Kruger Gray.


2015 R2 Crown & Tickey - Trains