Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus

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 - featuring an Australopithecus africanus - 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 Mintage950
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus - 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 Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus - reverse photo

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

To the right, the face value and denomination: R 100 (One Hundred Rand). Below, the name of the series NATURA, below which AUSTRALOPITHECUS.

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

Reverse Inscription R 100 NATURA AUSTRALOPITHECUS 1 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 500 individually boxed coins (issue price: R 33,995) plus 250 coins in a 5-coin set and 200 in a Launch Set with a sterling silver medallion.

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
Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus: Known varieties
Variety Palm print privy mark South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus / Palm print privy mark - obverse photo South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus / Palm print privy mark - reverse photo
Mintage 200
Details

Issued in the 2019 Natura special edition set, comprised of the 1oz 24ct gold coin featuring the palm print of Austrolophithecus as a privy mark on the reverse (to the left of the skull), together with a sterling-silver medallion with the same palm print on the obverse and a skull on the reverse. The obverse of the 1oz coin remains unchanged.

In Set 2019 Natura Launch Set, mintage unknown
1 coins: 1oz Gold Australopithecus africanus
All (70) 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 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 Rise of the Dinosaurs 1,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
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 2019 Australopithecus Africanus: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2019
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage950
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-WAAN-OVRB
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Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus: Photos
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2019 S. Africa 1 oz Gold Natura Australopithecus Set
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Notes: Palm print privy mark.
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2019 S. Africa 1 oz Gold Natura Australopithecus Set
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2019 R100 1oz Gold: Australopithecus africanus
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2019 R100 1oz Gold: Australopithecus africanus
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