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

Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs

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 quarter-ounce (1/4 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 quarter-Krugerrands retain their specifications (22-carat gold) while the other coin series issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the quarter-Krugerrand though, they contain exactly a quarter ounce of pure gold or 1/4 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.250 oz AGW).

This coin features a Proterosuchus 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 Proterosuchidae, similar in form to the crocodile, is depicted on the R20 ¼oz gold coin. Proterosuchus ranged between 1.5 m to 2.2 m in length, and resembled the crocodile with their long jaw, short legs, thick neck and a long flattened tail. The elongated snout of this creature resembles that of a modern gharial, more than that of a crocodile or alligator which would suggest that it was a specialised fish-eater. Its nostrils are on the side of the snout, supporting the hypothesis that they were terrestrial predators hunting in water.

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 Mintage2,300
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Quarter 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 Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a Proterosuchus (dinosaur similar to a crocodile).

The value and denomination R 20 (Twenty Rand) are above, between the dinosaur's tail and its head. Below the dinosaur figure, the name of the series: NATURA, below which PROTEROSUCHUS.

The content: 1/4 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 20 NATURA PROTEROSUCHUS 1/4 OZ Au 999.9
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Notes

1,500 individually boxed coins (issue price R 8,995), 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 (54) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
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Gold Quarter Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 533,878 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 726,428 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 1,269,168 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 63,687 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 502,971 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 593,893 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 8,613 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 6,050 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 8,808 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 9,259 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 2,750 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 1,626 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,629 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 3,061 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 40,621 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 13,980 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 1,853 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 1,470 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 5,638 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 36,834 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 37,482 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 18,289 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 15,442 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 16,368 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 4,570 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 5,871 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 12,846 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 10,884 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 18,616 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 45,716 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 40,883 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 KBR - Species unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Griqua Town unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 CWCBR - North unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 CWCBR - South unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Springbok 2,300 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Rock Art 300 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Rhino 300 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 2,300 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster 1,000 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2018
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintage2,300
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22
Mass (g)7.7770
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-VWBA-ENZB
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R20 ¼ oz gold: Proterosuchidae
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