Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster

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 - featuring a Homo ergaster - 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 Mintage1,000
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster - 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 Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster - reverse photo

The reverse of the 1/4 oz coin depicts one of the distinct fossil species that has been identified, namely Homo ergaster; the skull is within a reconstructed silhouette.

To the right, the face value and denomination: R 20 (Twenty Rand). Below, the name of the series NATURA, below which HOMO ERGASTER.

In exergue, the metal content and composition of the coin: 1/4 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 20 NATURA HOMO ERGASTER 1/4 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 750 individually boxed coins (issue price: R 8,995) 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 (50) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
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 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
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2019
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage1,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)22
Mass (g)7.7770
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-MVVG-OPQM
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster: Photos
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R20 1/4oz Gold: Homo ergaster
Copyright: South African Mint
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R20 1/4oz Gold: Homo ergaster
Copyright: South African Mint
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