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    2008 Vredefort Dome, R2 Gold Coin

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    R2 Gold Coin -Vredefort, World Heritage Site, 2008

     

    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

    ?

    ?

    ? launch sets(Medallion issued with set)

      

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

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