Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower

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 and metals, such as a silver one-ounce (1 oz) format. These include silver 1 oz Krugerrands, the Protea series, the Natura series, as well as one-year types that do not fall into a particular series. Some are made of Sterling silver (92.5%) alloyed with copper, just like the British pre-decimal Crown coins, and some are 99.9% silver. The Sterling versions are overall heavier though, so they also contain exactly one ounce of pure silver or 1oz Absolute Silver Weight (1.000 oz ASW); they are called "Crowns" in the "Crown and Tickey" coin sets in which some of them are issued, and are officially denominated as two, five or ten Rands.

This coin was issued as part of the circulation and numismatics range to commemorate two hundred years of the Griqua Town coinage. The Griqua coin was originally created as currency for the people of Griqua Town in 1815, and is the first local currency of a South African people.

The coins of the range consist of a circulating commemorative R 5 piece, two silver crowns: one depicting the upper part of the Griqua coin and one depicting its lower part, and a quarter-ounce gold commemorative.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, dividing the date 2015, with the legend SOUTH AFRICA written around in all the eleven official languages of the country, the inscriptions in a pentagonal pattern with two rows on each side:
Ningizimu Afrika in Zulu,
Aforika Borwa in Tswana,
Afurika Tshipembe in Venda,
Afrika Borwa in Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho,
iSewula Afrika in Southern Ndebele,
South Africa in English,
uMzantsi Afrika in Xhosa,
iNingizimu Afrika in Swazi,
Afrika Dzonga in Tsonga, and
Suid-Afrika in Afrikaans.

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 / Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower - reverse photo

The two R2 sterling silver crown-size coins in the series are uniquely designed, featuring part (half) of the obverse design of original Griqua Town coin, each capturing part of the words GRIQUA TOWN, the Roman numeral I I I I I (five) and beading of the 1815 five pence coin. When the two coins are overlapped, one complete image of the original Griqua Town coin is formed. This coin has the lower half.

Below that, on two lines along the perimeter of the coin, the inscriptions 1815 · BICENTENNIAL · 2015 and COINAGE OF GRIQUA TOWN. To the right of that in smaller letters, the metal content and composition: 1 oz Ag925 Cu75 (one ounce silver, 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper).

Above the inscriptions, the face value and denomination R 2 (Two Rand).

In the left field, the die-sinker's initials PB (for Paul Botes); the reverse artist is RC Stone.

Reverse Inscription COINAGE OF GRIQUA TOWN 1815 · BICENTENNIAL · 2015 R 2 1 oz Ag925 Cu75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Issued in Set
Griqua Town Prestige Set 2015, mintage unknown, limited to 200
5 coins: 1/4 oz Gold, Silver Crown - Upper Half, Silver Crown - Lower Half, R5 Proof, R5 Brilliant Uncirculated
Griqua Town Silver Set 2015, mintage unknown
4 coins: Silver Crown - Upper Half, Silver Crown - Lower Half, R5 Proof, R5 Brilliant Uncirculated
Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower: References to Information Used
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All (46) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Ounce 2015 Whale unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Land unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Upper unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Crown 2015 Steam Trains unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Silver Ounce 2016 Sunbird unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Rock-jumper unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Disa unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Gladiolus unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Crown 2016 CWCBR - Fossils unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Crown 2016 CWCBR - People unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Crown 2016 Dolos unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 White Shark unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Silver Ounce 2017 Caspian Tern unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Blue Crane unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Starfish Lily unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Yellow Wine Cup unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Crown 2017 Heart Transplant unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Silver Crown 2018 FIFA World Cup 33,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Sandgrouse 1,400 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Heron 1,400 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Orange Tritonia 1,400 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum 1,400 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon 850 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Kudu 850 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Crown 2018 Computed Tomography 1,700 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 10,700 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 18,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 18,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Constitutional Democracy 12,475 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Crown 2019 Polymer Putty 2,200 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs 50,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX ARCHOSAURIA
Silver Ounce 2019 Turaco 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Hornbill 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Flame Lily 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Impala Lily 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Silver Crown 2020 Retinal Cryoprobe 2,200 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs 15,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXX ARCHOSAURIA
Silver Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 18,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Silver Crown 2015 Griqua Town - Lower: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2015
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerRC Stone
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)33.6260
Mass (g)38.7250
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VQMR-OXJL
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