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

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years, Coin from South Africa
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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).

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 Tenth-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 Tenth-Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years - reverse photo

The R5 (1/10 oz, 24ct gold) 2015 Protea coin has, on seven horizontal lines, the quote: 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.

The face value and denomination R 5 (Five Rand) are above left. Above that on two lines, the metal content and composition of the coin: 1/10 oz Au 999.9 (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Above the metal content, the initials of the reverse die-sinker (engraver) CM (for C Moses).

Reverse Inscription R 5 Nelson Mandela 1/10 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual mintage limited to 1,500. SA Mint Part-No: G24-PC-PRT15, issue price R 3,850.

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 Tenth-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 Tenth-Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years: References to Information Used
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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 Mandela - Early Years: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2015
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 IDBYNK-ODDC-MDJM-OPQM
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Protea 2015 - Life of a Legend (Early years in Jhb), NR Mandela: R 5 (1/10 oz, 24 ct gold)
Copyright: South African Mint
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Protea 2015 - Life of a Legend (Early years in Jhb), NR Mandela: R 5 (1/10 oz, 24 ct gold)
Copyright: South African Mint
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