Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile

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 tenth-ounce (1/10th 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 tenth-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 one tenth of an ounce of pure gold or 1/10 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.100 oz AGW).

The R1 (1/10oz) pure gold coin was re-introduced in 1997 as a commemorative coin. In 2015, the the theme South African Reptiles was added to it, with this coin featuring a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).

The Nile crocodile is the only crocodile species in southern Africa. Fewer than an estimated 12,000 remain in protected natural areas.

The animal is one of the largest living reptiles; it grows to 3 metres in the wild. Its robust body and tail are covered with horny scales. The reptile has a long snout with large teeth, and its eyes and nostrils protrude from the water when the crocodile floats just below the surface.

Active day and night, Nile crocodiles inhabit rivers, lakes, swamps and estuaries. They often bask in the sun, their mouths agape. At night they move into water to keep warm. This is also when they do most of their hunting; adult Nile crocodiles prey on fish, large mammals and birds.

The Nile crocodile belongs to the Crocodylia order. Besides birds, it is the only living representative of the ancient group Archosauria, which emerged over 220 million years ago.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre; around above that, the legend SOUTH AFRICA in English.

Around below, the date of issue 2015.

The designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland) are to the left of the Coat of Arms.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).

Around below, NILE CROCODILE. Above, the face value and denomination R 1 (One Rand).

Around above, the metal content: 1/10 oz Au 999.9. Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

The initials of the reverse die-sinker, MD (for MD Mothobela) are below left, between the crocodile's tail and the letter N of NILE; the artist is L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription R 1 NILE CROCODILE 1/10 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 500. Issued in a leatherette box, SA Mint Part-No: G24-PC-R1T15, issue price R 3,800.

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All (55) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 856,975 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 1,321,022 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 1,064,809 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 507,510 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 898,270 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 282,248 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 95,612 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 59,465 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 90,295 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 13,139 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 98,466 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 85,797 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,789 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 57,346 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 87,968 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 26,400 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 11,836 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 24,376 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 17,251 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 31,415 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 35,553 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 26,052 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 18,110 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 19,679 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 3,811 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 23,836 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 9,645 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 17,866 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 19,798 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 86,317 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 47,575 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Chameleon unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Mandela - Justice unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Mandela - Freedom Struggle unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Springbok 2,300 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 South African Reptiles - Padloper 500 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 2,300 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Nelson Mandela 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Homo Heidelbergensis 1,000 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2015
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.5000
Mass (g)3.1100
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-VWAJ-ENZB
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile: Photos
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R1 (1/10 oz, 24 carat gold) coin - Reptiles - The Crocodile
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R1 (1/10 oz, 24 carat gold) coin - Reptiles - The Crocodile
Copyright: South African Mint
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