Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island

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 2018 Protea - Life of a Legend coin series, which concludes a series of commemorative coins.

The "Life of a Legend - Nelson Mandela" Protea series was introduced in 2013, representing a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life on each year’s coin issue. The 2018 edition features his 27-year incarceration and eventual release.

Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island - obverse photo

The obverse, common for all coins of the series in 2018, 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 2018 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 2018
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island - reverse photo

This coin commemorates Nelson Mandela's incarceration on Robben Island, where he was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid and expansion of the franchise to all residents of South Africa.

The reverse has diagonal stripes inscribed with a quotation, I feel my heart pumping hope steadily to every part of my body, warming my blood and pepping up my spirits. Nelson Mandela, taken from a personal letter that Nelson Mandela wrote to his wife, Winnie Mandela, in 1970, while she was incarcerated in Pretoria Central Prison.

Below right, a key inscribed with ROBBEN ISLAND.

The value and denomination R5 (Five Rand) are above right, and the mass and metal value 1/10 oz Au 999.9 are below right (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Reverse Inscription R5 Nelson Mandela ROBBEN ISLAND 1/10 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 1,000 individually boxed coins (issue price: R 4,495) plus 800 coins in a 3-coin set and 200 in a 3-coin Launch Set with a sterling silver medallion.

Issued in Set
2018 Protea Prestige Set - Life of a Legend (Robben Island), mintage unknown, limited to 800
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island: Known varieties
Variety Obverse privy mark
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)
Details

Coins with privy mark, issued in the 2019 Protea Launch Set. The privy mark featured on the obverse of both gold coins is the word Legacy underneath the year.

In Set 2018 Protea Launch Set - Life of a Legend (Robben Island), mintage unknown, limited to 200
3 coins: 1 oz Gold Mandela, 1/10 oz Gold Mandela, R1 Silver - Mandela
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island: 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 2018 Mandela - Robben Island: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2018
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintage2,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.5000
Mass (g)3.1100
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-LKZB-EJZN
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