The culture and heritage of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants is celebrated on the R2 pure gold (1/4 oz) coin. The terms San, Khwe, Sho, Bushmen, and Basarwa have all been used to refer to these hunter-gatherer people of southern Africa.
The theme was introduced in 2011 and the first R2 coin issued portrayed a present day shaman (ritual specialist) holding his stick and part of a rock painting illustrating a trance dance. These R2 coins were launched in the Kalahari Desert among today’s Khomani San people of the Witdraai Community. The Khomani San created the original stone carving depicting an eland from which the model for the R2 pure gold (1/4 oz) coin issued in 2012 was prepared.
This unique pure gold coin captures an art-form that has been passed down through generations and represents the symbolism of an ancient people. Rock engravings and paintings are inherently part of their culture and spirituality. When shamans painted an eland, they didn’t just pay homage to a sacred animal; they also gained control of its essence and opened portals to the spirit world. The eland is an animal of great spiritual power which signifies well being and healing, beauty, peace and plenty to the Khoisan.
Limited Edition: 2000
R2 Koisan Heritage 1/4 oz, AU 999.9
The set consist of a 1/10 oz 24 carat gold coin.
| ||R2(1/4 oz)|
| ||24 Carat Gold|
|Mass: ||7.78 gram|
|Metal Content: ||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-Sinker: ||C Moses - TBC|
|Reverse Artist: ||L Guerra - TBC|
|Obverse Die-Sinker : ||AL Sutherland|
Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin 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. It also depicts the signature of the South African Mint’s Managing Director, Mr Andile Mvinjelwa. 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.