Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz), Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz), Coin Type from South Africa (issued 2017 - )
Coin TypeGold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz)

South Africa pioneered modern bullion coinage when it first issued the Krugerrand on 3 July 1967 to help market South African gold; it is the first modern bullion coin and is still issued today.

Gradually, the South African Mint started diversifying the range, first by issuing fractional Krugerrands, then by introducing different designs. The gold twentieth-ounce (1/20th oz) format is a mini-coin introduced in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the range. The format has been subsequently used for other coins, such as the Natura series. The twentieth-Krugerrands retain their specifications (22-carat gold) while the other coins are 99.99% gold; just as the 1/20 Krugerrand though, they contain exactly one twentieth of an ounce of pure gold or 1/20 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.050 oz AGW).

South Africa / Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz) - obverse photo

The obverse of the Krugerrand coin depicts a portrait of Paul Kruger, President of the South African Republic (or Transvaal) from 1883 to 1900, facing left.

Around above, the legend SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA. Suid-Afrika is the name of South Africa in Afrikaans, which was the only official language of the country apart from English at the time the coins were initially issued.

Coins of the other series are individually described in the listings below.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa / Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz) - reverse photo

The reverse of the Krugerrand shows at its centre a Springbok antelope, the national animal symbol of South Africa, which divides the date: [year].

Around above, the name of the coin: 1/20 KRUGERRAND.

Around below, the composition and weight in Afrikaans and English: FYNGOUD 1/20 OZ FINE GOLD.

The designer's initials CLS (for Coert Laurens Steynberg) are in the right field between the letters OL of GOLD and the ground under the Springbok.

Coins of the other series are individually described in the listings below.

Reverse Inscription 1/20 KRUGERRAND [year] FYNGOUD 1/20 OZ FINE GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz): Details
CountrySouth Africa
Sub-types Gold Twentieth-Ounce (1/20 oz) Krugerrand
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size12.000 mm
Mass1.555 g