Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa
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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 to the gold half-ounce (1/2 oz) format. These include the Protea series, the Natura series, as well as one-year types that do not fall into a particular series. The half-Krugerrands retain their specifications (22-carat gold) while the other coin series issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the half-Krugerrand though, they contain exactly half ounce of pure gold or 1/2 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.500 oz AGW).

This coin features a Massospondylus carinatus and is part of the Natura coin series by the South African Mint, which celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage.

The South African Mint says about it:
"A new chapter in the award-winning Natura series begins with the introduction of palaeontology, in recognition of South Africa’s significance to this field and study of plant and animal fossils. In this first instalment of the palaeontology-themed coins, the focus is Rise of the dinosaurs - Archosauria over the five 24ct gold coins.

The Karoo supergroup of South Africa is one of the geological wonders of the world. This 12 km thick layer of sedimentary rock was set down over a period of almost 120 million years when South Africa was still part of southern Gondwanaland.

The Archosauria - crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds - or the ruling reptiles, were magnificent beasts which ruled over the land and sky for 180 million years, from the Triassic to the Cretacecous periods. The Archosauriforms evolved at the end of the Triassic, finally taking over the last enclaves of synapsid domination. The next step of evolution, which saw the rise of the dinosaurs, crocodiles and pterosaurs, was imminent."

Each coin in this series depicts a different Archosauriform together with its scientific name, the word "Natura", the denomination, mass and metal value of the coin.

The Massospondylus carinatus, one of the best known dinosaurs in the world and also the most common dinosaur species in Southern Africa. Massospondylus is a prosauropod dinosaur and lived in the early Jurassic period, which makes it one of the oldest dinosaurs on earth. It had a typical saurischian type pelvis with a forward-jutting pubis. Its length was 4 m to 6 m and it had a small head, narrow body and long neck and tail. Its hind limbs were much longer and stronger than its front limbs which, together with the morphology of the hips, indicate that it was a bipedal. The small serrated leaf-shaped teeth suggest it was probably an omnivore.

For the creation of the coin, the mint credits: MJ Scheepers (die sinker), F Durand (artist) and RC Stone (designer).

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,800
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs - obverse photo

The obverse depicts the fossilised skull, neck and shoulder of an "Erythrosuchus africanus" dinosaur.

Below that, the inscription RISE OF THE DINOSAURS; below, the legend SOUTH AFRICA, below which the Roman numerals MMXVIII represent the year of issue 2018.

In the exergue, the name of the series ARCHOSAURIA.

Obverse Inscription RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two Massospondylus carinatus dinosaurs.

The value and denomination R 50 (Fifty Rand) are below left. Below the dinosaur figures, the name of the series: NATURA, below which MASSOSPONDYLUS.

The content: 1/2 OZ Au 999.9 is in the exergue (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Above the exergue line on the left, in small letters the die-sinker's initials MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

Reverse Inscription R 50 NATURA MASSOSPONDYLUS 1/2 OZ Au 999.9
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Notes

1,000 individually boxed coins (issue price R 17,995), plus 800 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2018 Natura Prestige Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: 1 oz Coelophysis rhodesiensis, 1/2 oz Massospondylus carinatus, 1/4 oz Proterosuchus, 1/10 oz Erythrosuchus, 1/20 oz Euparkeria capensis
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All (47) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Half Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 374,373 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 178,014 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 429,390 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 60,405 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 186,660 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 103,634 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 8,613 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 5,389 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 8,542 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 8,707 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 2,850 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 3,459 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,501 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 13,239 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 18,056 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 11,429 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 5,099 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 12,628 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 1,303 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 25,885 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 30,757 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 13,641 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 2,295 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 14,158 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 3,288 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 6,198 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 14,257 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 15,623 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 14,653 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 45,131 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 22,880 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Springbok 1,800 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 1,800 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus 750 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2018
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintage1,800
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)27
Mass (g)15.5530
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-VRBL-OJYG
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R50 ½ oz gold: Massospondylus carinatus
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