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THE PROTEA SERIES

The South African Mint produces a series of "Protea" coin (first introduced in 1986) in two different sizes, one ounce and tenth ounce to commemorate South Africa’s rich history. The obverse has an image of the King Protea (Protea Cynaroides) or King sugar Bush, the national flower of South Africa.

 

The Protea Coin range is available in single coins (1 Oz Gold, 1/10 Oz Gold and Silver Proof), Prestige Sets, Proof Sets and Special Launches. On occasion the South African Mint releases special products, often to commemorate a special event or award.Each reverse bears a different attractive design based on the theme for that year.

 

Year,  Theme

1986, Centenary of the Great Gold Rush 

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver
6379646213183

 

1986, Year of the Disabled 

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

n/a

 n/a

5150

1988, 500th Anniversary of Bartholomew Dias' circumnavigation of the Cape of Good Hope

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver
 4376

2199

9640

1988, 300th Anniversary of the landing of the Huguenots

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver
 3991 2060

9028

1988, 150th Anniversary of the Great Trek 

1989, No coins were issued       

1990, No coins were issued        

1991, A tribute to 100 Years of Nursing in South Africa

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

3004

3950

8675

1992, 100th Anniversary of Minting in South Africa

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

1752

 2503

8094

1993, 200th Anniversary of Banking in South Africa

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

2532

5064

3907

1994, 100th Anniversary of Nature Conservation in South Africa

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

2267

1905

4706

 

1995, 100th Anniversary of Railway Links over International Borders

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

904

1427

4491

1996, The New Constitution 

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

987

1292

2474

1997, The South African Woman 

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

351

792

2329

1998, Year of the Child

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

298

568

1999

1999, The Mining Industry in South Africa.  

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver
 451

461

2617

This year the focus shifted to the economic industries, such as our rich mining industry.

2000, The Wine Industry in South Africa.

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver
 330

444

1519

The Wine Industry is one of South Africa's oldest industries, is honored on this 22 carat coin series.

2001, The Tourism Industry in South Africa

Mintage
1oz**1/10 oz**R1 Silver

1168

976

?

1994, Conservation (PTA ZOO)

1995, Railway Industry

1996, New Constitution

1997, Women of Africa

1998, Year of the Child

1999, Mining Industry

2000, Wine Industry

2001, Tourism Industry

2002, S.A.Soccer / World Summit JHB.

Soccer, which is one of South Africa's most popular sports, was selected as the theme for the 2002
Protea coin series. The coin was created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Bafana Bafana (the South African's national team), as well as in recognition of their qualification for the 2002 Soccer World Cup in Korea.

2003, Cricket World Cup

2004, 10 Year Anniversary of Democracy

The Democracy Coin was launched by SA Mint to celebrate 10 years of democracy in South Africa.

2005, Albert Luthuli

2006, Desmond Tutu

2007, Nelson Mandela/FW de Klerk

2008, Mahatma Gandhi

2009, National Anthem of South Africa

The 2009 Protea Series features a distinctively historical issue. The South African National Anthem
pulls together two anthems, one official(Die stem or referred to as The Call of South Africa) and the unofficial Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.

 

The official anthem, Die Stem (The Call of South Africa) which was originally written CJ Langenhoven as a poem by CJ Langenhoven in 1918 and set to music by a Reverend ML de Villiers in 1921. Die Stem became the accepted national anthem in 1957.

 

The unofficial anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, was written and composed in 1897 by Enoch Mankayi
Sontonga, a teacher at a mission station. It was originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi and the song quickly became popular. In 1912, at the first meeting of the South African Native National Congress (forerunner of the African National Congress) it was sung after the closing prayer. Its seen as a twist of fate that both men(CJ Langenhoven and Enogh Sontonga) were born in 1873 and both became teachers.

 

The ANC adopted it as its official closing anthem in 1925 and the song became a symbol of
independence and resistance during the apartheid struggle. The national anthem of Zambia and Tanzania is Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. In 1994, the two anthems were combined into one, this was alsow the same year of the first South African democratic election.

 

All three coins depict the two writers of the new anthem, CJ Langenhoven and Enoch Sontonga,
interwoven and merged by musical notes of the first verse of each of the united anthems.

 

Coin Specifications 

Size

R25

(1 oz, 24 Carat Gold)

R5

(1/10 oz, 24 Carat Gold)

R1

(Sterling Silver)

Mass

31.107 gram

3.110 gram

15.00 gram

Diameter

32.69 mm

16.50 mm

32.69 mm

Metal Content

Au 999.9

Au 999.9

Ag 925 Cu 75

Reverse Die-Sinkers

A Minnie & MJ Scheepers

A Minnie & MJ Scheepers

A Minnie & MJ Scheepers

Obverse Die-Sinker

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

Obverse Artist

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

 

2010, Nadine Gordimer(Nobel Prize for Literature)

This Protea Series depicts Nadine Gordimer for her work as South African writer, political
activist and Nobel laureate. Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs (small mining town just
outside Johannesburg) on 20th November 1923. Nadine’s early interest in racial and economic inequality in South Africa grew and was molded by her own experience and parents influence.

She began writing stories at the age of nine and her first stories were published at age fifteen, in 1937. Her first adult fiction was published when she was sixteen and she received her first major award in 1961. Literary recognition for her accomplishments pinnacled with the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1991, which in the words of Alfred Nobel was noted saying that "through her magnificent epic writing has been of very great benefit to humanity”.

Nadine Gordimer’s writing dealt directly with moral and racial issues. She was actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement.   She happened to be also one of the first people that Mr Nelson Mandela wanted to see shortly after his release from prison in 1990. Today she is also actively involved in the HIV/AIDS .

This Protea Prestige Set portrays two current relief portraits of Nadine Gordimer on the R25 (1 oz), with one of her quotes "Art defies defeat by its very existence". The R5 (1/10th oz) depicts an image of Nadine Gordimer as she look like today, together with another quote "Truth
isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is". On the sterling silver R1, Nadine Gordimer is again depicted with another quote, "Responsibility is what waits outside creativity".   

 

Coin Specifications

 Size

R25

(1 oz, 24 Carat Gold)

R5

(1/10 oz, 24 Carat Gold)

R1

(Sterling Silver)

Mass

31.107 gram

3.110 gram

15.00 gram

Diameter

32.69 mm

16.50 mm

32.69 mm

Metal Content

Au 999.9

Au 999.9

Ag 925 Cu 75

Reverse Die-Sinkers

N van Niekerk

C Moses

MJ Scheepers

Reverse Artist

N van Niekerk

N van Niekerk

N van Niekerk

Obverse Die-Sinker

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

Obverse Artist

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

AL Sutherland

 

2011, John Maxwell Coetzee(Nobel Laureate in Literature)

The 2011 Protea Coin Series depicts the 2003 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Prof. JM Coetzee. He is one of two South African writers to have won this admired prize. Members of the Swedish Academy said he was a writer that would continue to be discussed and analyzed for a long time. Coetzee’s novels are generally categorized as postcolonial, addressing the issues resulting from colonialism and the apartheid system. His novels are characterized by well-crafted composition and analytical brilliance but also ruthless criticisms due to his intellectual honesty.

 

Coetzee has gained many award throughout his career including the Booker Prize, twice – the first person to have achieved this feat. At 71 years of age, his critical and intellectual honesty continues to drive him as he now fights for the rights of animals.  The R5 Protea coin features a portrait of Prof. John Maxwell Coetzee. Linking the theme of this series, a quote from one of his books to depicted on the coin.

  

Certificate of Authenticity

This Certificate of Authenticity guarantees the quality and authenticity of the coins made by the South African Mint Company. Each coin and coin set issued by the South African Mint Company has a Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate describes the coin’s specifications, the year, the limited edition as well as a short description of the product. To prevent the duplication of a South African Mint product, the certificates are re-designed each year to include the coin design and each certificate is individually numbered according to the limited edition of the coin or set. As another security measure, the South African Mint’s logo, which is printed in transparent ink and only visible
under ultra-violet light, features as part of the layout.  

 

*Proof version **Singles and sets