Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal

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 half-ounce (1/2 oz) format. The coins are made of Sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) and are slightly heavier than half ounce, so as to have exactly 0.500 oz ASW (Absolute Silver Weight). They are denominated with a face value of 10 cents.

This coin featuring a Cape Fur Seal is part of the 2015 Marine Protected Areas coin series by the South African Mint, consisting of four sterling-silver bullion coins of different sizes, with composition of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper.

South Africa has an intricate network of marine protected areas (MPAs), designed to conserve the country’s offshore biodiversity. To this end, the South African Mint created the Marine Protected Areas collectable coin series in 2013.

The 2015 collection celebrates the beauty and diversity of the MPA within the Agulhas bioregion by showcasing its most iconic species.

The 10c (1/2 oz) coin portrays a Cape or South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus). Unlike the mother’s golden-brown colouring, the pup has a black velvety coat. Its distinctive call and scent enable the mother to find it when she returns to the breeding colony after a foraging trip. The pup is dependent on its mother for about 10 months while it learns to forage and hunt on its own.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
South Africa / Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal - 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
South Africa / Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal - reverse photo

The reverse of the half-ounce silver coin features a Cape or South African fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus).

Below, the face value and denomination 10c (Ten Cents). Partially overlaid on that, the inscription Cape Fur Seal.

In the left field, the initials of the reverse die-sinker, MD (for MD Mothobela); the reverse artist is L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription 10c Cape Fur Seal
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The coins were issued individually (SA Mint Part-No: SIL-PC-MPA1015, mintage limited to 1,000, issue price R 500), and in a four-coin set.

Issued in Set
South Africa's Marine Protected Areas Prestige Set 2015, mintage unknown
4 coins: 2 oz Silver - Cape Gannet, 1 oz Silver - Whale, 1/2 oz Silver - Fur Seal, 1/4 oz Silver - Basket Star
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Silver Half Ounce 2015 Fur Seal: Details
CountrySouth Africa
Coin TypeSilver Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.700 mm
Mass16.813 g
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