Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus

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 - featuring a Paranthropus robustus - is part of the South African Natura gold bullion coin series celebrating the rich natural heritage of the country.

The South African Mint says about the 2019 edition:
"The second instalment of the palaeontology theme features the Cradle of Humankind - hominids. Hominin species refer to any member of the family tree that split from the common ancestor we share with chimpanzees and ultimately ended with the appearance of humans, while the term hominid is used to include humankind and the chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla and orangutan.

These species are represented by the hundreds of thousands of fossils that have been discovered in virtually every province in South Africa, which are far more than the hominin fossils that have been discovered in the rest of the world put together. These fossils also represent more hominin species than those found in any other country in the world.

Thus Africa can be regarded as the birthplace of humankind and therefore everyone on earth can trace their ancestry back to Africa. Of all the countries in the world, no one can tell the story of human origins better than South Africa. The title Cradle of Humankind is well deserved because more hominin species have been discovered in South Africa than any other country in the world.

Every coin in this series is a miniature ambassador that tells the story of the origin of humans and South Africa as the birthplace of humankind."

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage750
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus - obverse photo

The common obverse of the 2019 Natura gold coins features the Taung Child, which was the first fossil hominin from Africa and, at the time, the oldest fossil hominin known in the world. This fossil was the single most important discovery in palaeoanthropology and one which has irrevocably changed our view of human evolution.

Below, the inscription CRADLE OF HUMANKIND, below which the legend SOUTH AFRICA. Below that, the Roman numerals MMXIX represent the date of issue, 2019.

In exergue, the name of the series - HOMINIDS.

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

Obverse Inscription CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus - reverse photo

The reverse of the 1/2 oz coin depicts one of the distinct fossil species that has been identified, namely Paranthropus robustus; the skull is within a reconstructed silhouette.

To the right, the face value and denomination: R 50 (Fifty Rand). Below, the name of the series NATURA, below which PARANTHROPUS.

In exergue, the metal content and composition of the coin: 1/2 oz Au 999.9 (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

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

Reverse Inscription R 50 NATURA PARANTHROPUS 1/2 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 500 individually boxed coins (issue price: R 17,995) plus 250 coins in a 5-coin set.

Issued in Set
2019 Natura Prestige Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: 1 oz Australopithecus africanus, 1/2 oz Paranthropus robustus, 1/4 oz Homo ergaster, 1/10 oz Homo heidelbergensis, 1/20 oz Homo sapiens
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
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2019
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage750
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.000 mm
Mass15.553 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-XYYX-EYPL
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Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus: Photos
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R50 1/2oz Gold: Paranthropus robustus
Copyright: South African Mint
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R50 1/2oz Gold: Paranthropus robustus
Copyright: South African Mint
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