Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea

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 is part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere coin series; in 2015, the South African Mint issued two gold quarter ounces and two silver ounces in it. This coin represents the importance of responsible marine management.

The South African Mint says about it:
"Greater consciousness on how we interact with nature has developed in the last half-century. UNESCO launched the Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1971 ‘to promote interdisciplinary approaches to management, research and education in ecosystem conservation and sustainable use of natural resources’. South Africa participates in this international initiative; it has six biosphere reserves.

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) was registered in 1998. The map on the common obverse of the four coins indicates its location in the Western Cape Province. An enlarged map shows the reserve, which covers land and sea."

The second sterling-silver coin represents the importance of responsible marine management. The 1800s and 1900s saw the development of the fishing industry in the area. The high demand for whale products had brought the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) to the brink of extinction. Today, South Africa enforces the ban on whaling and supports the growing whale-watching ecotourism. The survival of the Abalone (Haliotis midae) depends on the protection of breeding communities and the strict control of its harvesting.

Both sides were designed by L Guerra.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea - obverse photo

The obverse features a map of South Africa, with the Western Cape in the South-West of the country marked on the map, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) within the province enlarged, with its position shown relative to the ATLANTIC OCEAN.

Vertically in three lines in the left part of the obverse, the legend SOUTH AFRICA and the date of issue 2015, over a compass rose showing the cardinal directions on the map.

Under the S of South Africa, the initials of the die-sinker (engraver) MD (for MD Mothobela).

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea - reverse photo

The reverse of this R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver crown represents the marine life in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR). It shows a Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis), several fish and an Abalone (Haliotis midae) in the ocean, against the background of a fishing net representing the fishing industry.

The face value and denomination R 2 (Two Rand) are above; to the left of that, the logo of UNESCO.

Below that, on two lines the inscription KOGELBERG biosphere reserve, above which the metal content: 1 oz Ag925 Cu75 (one ounce of sterling silver; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, which means "silver" in Latin and is used internationally on silver bullion coinage; Cu is for copper).

In the lower left field, the initials of the die-sinker (engraver) MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

Reverse Inscription R 2 KOGELBERG biosphere reserve 1 oz Ag925 Cu75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 750 individual coins (SA Mint Part-No: SIL-PC-R2MR15, issue price R 1,250), plus up to 200 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2015 Man and the Biosphere Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 1/4 oz Gold - Mountains, 1/4 oz Gold - Species, 1 oz Silver - Land, 1 oz Silver - Sea
Silver Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea: References to Information Used
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All (48) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Ounce 2011 Anniversary of SARB unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2011
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 Big Five - Leopard 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 Ounce 2015 KBR - Sea: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2015
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.725 mm
Thickness3.400 mm
Mass33.626 g
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-VRGN-OJYG
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UNESCO Kogelberg biosphere reserve: R2 (sterling-silver); (Southern Right Whale, Abalone)
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