Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years

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 one-ounce (1 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 Kruggerands retained their specifications (22-carat gold) while other coins issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the Krugerrand though, they contain exactly one ounce of pure gold or 1oz Absolute Gold Weight (1.000 oz AGW).

This coin was issued as part of the 2015 Protea - Life of a Legend (Early Years in Johannesburg) coin series, which continues a series of commemorative coins, "The life of a legend: Nelson Mandela". Introduced in 2013, a different chapter of Mr Mandela’s life is portrayed annually (his childhood in 2013, his education years in 2014 and his arrival and early years in Johannesburg in 2015).

The 2015 sterling-silver R1 Protea coin symbolises Nelson Mandela’s personal growth and transformation from an inexperienced youth who had run away from his privileged home with the royal family of the Thembu people to seek his fortune in the City of Gold to a young man who came to rely on his inner strength and abilities.

This theme is continued on the 2015 pure-gold R25 (1oz) Protea coin which shows a more mature and self-assured Nelson Mandela as a young man whose evolving views, beliefs and character would eventually lead him to the presidency of a democratic South Africa.

The background design of both coins features some of the names of the former President’s friends and mentors during these difficult years in Johannesburg. They supported him, gave him opportunities, offered guidance, introduced him to new ideas, and acquainted him with the various social and political sectors within Johannesburg society. One of these companions would become a lifelong friend and mentor, Walter Sisulu.

The 2015 pure-gold R5 (1/10oz) Protea coin features a quotation from the speech that Tata Madiba gave at Walter Sisulu’s 90th birthday celebration: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2015, features Mr Mandela wearing one of his iconic Madiba shirts, underlined by a wreath made from South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, and the date of issue 2015 divided by the portrait.

Above Mandela's shoulder, the initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa); the design is by L Guerra.

Around above, the legend SOUTH AFRICA.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years - reverse photo

The R25 (1oz, 24ct gold) 2015 Protea coin features a portrait of Nelson Mandela as a young man, facing half-right, with his silhouette as an older man in the background. Vertically in the background, the names of some of his friends during the years when he lived in Johannesburg.

The face value and denomination R 25 (Twenty-five Rand) are in the lower left. Below that, the metal content and composition of the coin: 1 oz Au 999.9 (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Below that, the designer's initials LG (for L Guerra).

Reverse Inscription R 25 1 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual mintage limited to 1,500. SA Mint Part-No: G24-PC-PR115, issue price R 31,900.

Issued in Set
2015 Protea Prestige Set - Life of a Legend, mintage unknown, limited to 800
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years: Known varieties
Variety JHB privy mark
Mintage Issued: 97
Details

Privy mark on the obverse, between Mandela's portrait and the 15 of the date, with JHB for Johannesburg. Issued in the special launch set only.

In Set 2015 Protea Launch Set - Life of a Legend, mintage 97
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years: References to Information Used
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All (72) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Ounce 1967 Krugerrand 50,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1968 Krugerrand 30,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1969 Krugerrand 30,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1970 Krugerrand 221,018 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1971 Krugerrand 556,200 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1972 Krugerrand 550,325 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1973 Krugerrand 869,300 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1974 Krugerrand 3,209,352 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1975 Krugerrand 4,809,525 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1976 Krugerrand 3,011,545 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1977 Krugerrand 3,339,844 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1978 Krugerrand 6,022,293 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1979 Krugerrand 4,952,555 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 3,061,396 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 3,198,727 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 2,685,466 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 3,368,161 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 2,069,689 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1985 Parliament 3,019 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA · 1985
Gold Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 874,995 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 21,040 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 111,150 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 619,747 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 199,389 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 394,425 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 285,365 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 3,870 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 166,303 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 131,291 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 60,308 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 12,062 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 1,765 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 8,276 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 19,838 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 41,136 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 17,015 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 23,531 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 52,061 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 79,253 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 22,954 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 56,547 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 318,319 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 245,163 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 750,959 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 530,930 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Mandela - Justice unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Mandela - Freedom Struggle unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Springbok 1,800 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 1,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Ounce 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 400 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus 950 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Ounce 2019 Constitutional Court 450 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Nelson Mandela 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
Gold Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2015
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-XVLB-EYPL
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Protea 2015 - Life of a Legend (Early years in Jhb), NR Mandela: R 25 (1 oz, 24 ct gold)
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