The terms San, Khwe, Sho, Bushmen, and Basarwa have all been used to refer to the hunter-gatherer peoples of southern Africa. Khoisan is a general term used to describe these native people of southern Africa. National Geographic’s Genographic Project ascertained that San blood contains some of the oldest genetic markers on Earth. The Khoisan’s arts are storytelling, music and painting. Their imaginary world is as real as their physical world. The Khoisan have left a lasting record of their life through thousands of rock-art paintings.
The 2011 R2 Gold coin portrays a present day shaman (ritual specialist) holding his stick and part of a rock painting in which San women, men and shamans take part in a trance dance. In this rock painting, the shamans hold sticks to tap on the ground. Usually it is the women who start the dance by clapping in rhythm to encourage the shaman into a trance. The Kalahari Bushmen go to the spirit world to entreat their god for the lives of the sick, to make rain, and to control the movements of the game animals.
Limited Edition: 2000
R2 Koisan Heritage 1/4 oz, AU 999.9
The set consist of a 1/10 oz 24 carat gold coin.
Natura Coin Specifications
| ||R2(1/4 oz)|
| ||24 Carat Gold|
|Mass: ||7.78 gram|
|Metal Content: ||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-Sinker: ||C Moses|
|Reverse Artist: ||L Guerra|
|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.