2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006 - 1
    • 2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006 - 1
    • 2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006 - 2
    • 2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006 - 3
    • 2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006 - 4

    2006 Cradle of Human Kind(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold)

    R2 Gold Coin - Cradle of Human Kind, World Heritage Site, 2006

     

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    The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an area of 47 000 hectares to the north-west of Johannesburg. This site has been declared a World Heritage Site because of the rich diversity of ancient fossils found in the area and the hundreds of caves on this site. A variety of stone tools used by human ancestors such as axes and scrapers have been identified. Fossils of other creatures which co-existed in the area include extinct animals such as short necked giraffe, giant buffalo, giant hyena and several species of sabre-toothed cats.

    The 2006 pure gold R2 coin depicts the skull of “Mrs Ples”, the world's most complete skull of Australopithecus africanus, which amongst others, was found in the Sterkfontein Cave in this World Heritage Site. These fossils, thought to be at least 2 million years old, are considered to be distant relatives of all humankind. “Mrs Ples” was discovered by Dr Robert Broom and John Robinson in April 1947. The coin also portrays images of what Australopithecus africanus is thought to have looked like when these hominids or upright walking "apes" lived in the Sterkfontein Cave and surrounding areas.

    Coin Specifications

    Country

    South Africa

    Year

    2006

    Value

    Gold Two Rand, 1/4th Oz Fine

    Metal

    Gold .999 (24 Carat Gold)

    Weight

    7.777gm(1/4 oz fine)

    Diameter

    22.00mm

    Thickness

    1.3mm

    Obverse Design

    Arthur Sutherland(ALS)

    Under Coat of arms - left hand side

    Reverse Design

    MJ Scheepers(MJS)

    Right hand side just below the skull

    Shape

    Round

    Obverse

    COA of South Africa

    Lettering:

    SOUTH AFRICA

    2006

    Reverse

    Portrays images of what Australopithecus africanus is thought to have looked like when these hominids or upright walking "apes" lived in the Sterkfontein Cave and surrounding areas. The skull of “Mrs Ples”, the world's most complete skull of Australopithecus africanus

    Lettering:

    R2

    Edge

    Reeded

    Mintage

     

    Mintage

    Proof Mintage

    2006

    893

    893

    255 (launch sets, Medallion issued with set)

      

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