2005 Mapungubwe(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold) - R2 Gold Coin -Mapungubwe, World Heritage Site, 2005 - 1

2005 Mapungubwe(R2, 1/4 oz, 24 ct gold)

R2 Gold Coin -Mapungubwe, World Heritage Site, 2005

 

Mapungubwe is situated in the Northern Province on the border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is an open, expansive savannah landscape at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Mapungubwe developed into the largest kingdom in the subcontinent before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Mapungubwe was home to an advanced culture of people who thrived in this sophisticated trading centre from around 1200 - 1300 AD. These highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. The region had a population of more than 5 000 inhabitants.

The archeological findings in this area, not only proves the evidence of early gold smelting in southern Africa, but also of extensive wealth and social differentiation of the peoples of Mapungubwe.

 

Coin Specifications

Country

South Africa

Year

2005

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 above rhino head

Shape

Round

Obverse

COA of South Africa

Lettering:

SOUTH AFRICA

2005

Reverse

Mapungubwe Rhino and beads

Lettering:

R2

Edge

Reeded

Mintage

 

Mintage

Proof Mintage

2005

1,291

1,291

  

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