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2008 Vredefort Dome, R2 Gold Coin

R2 Gold Coin -Vredefort, World Heritage Site, 2008

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The gold R2 coin was re-introduced in 1997 as a commemorative coin series. In 2002, the World Heritage Sites in South Africa was introduced as the theme.


Some 2020 million years ago, a meteorite that was probably roughly the size of Table Mountain, ten kilometers by ten kilometers, slammed into the planet close to where the little town of Vredefort now lies. The force of the impact generated such power and heat that the meteorite itself was vaporized, as was some of the earth's crust where it hit. The impact took four minutes to gouge out a crater up to 50 kilometers deep, which quickly collapsed. It set off seismic events of magnitude 14 on the Richter scale. The collapsed crater eventually became 300 kilometers wide and several kilometers deep, filled with rock debris and a thick layer of molten rock.


A nationwide coin design competition was held for the 2008 theme: “The Vredefort Dome – World Heritage Site”. The winning design by Kasturi Pillay features on the 2008 R2 commemorative gold coin.

Coin Specifications

Country

South Africa

Year

2008

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)

Bottom, close to the rim

Shape

Round

Obverse

COA of South Africa

Lettering:

SOUTH AFRICA

2008

Reverse

Meteorite/Earth

Lettering:

R2

Edge

Reeded

Mintage

 

Mintage

Proof Mintage

2008

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? launch sets(Medallion issued with set)

  

Hern Nq17
Material
Gold
Denomination
1/4 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s