Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum

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, denominated as Five Rands (R 5) is part of the third series of South African coloured coins by the South African Mint, which celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage and depicts various colourful birds and plants. It features a grass crinum flower.

The 2018 colour coin range represents the beautiful fauna and flora of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, situated in the magnificent Waterberg district in Limpopo. As the name implies, The Waterberg serves as a water reservoir for this arid region.

There are four main river catchment areas which provide water to an area of over 40,000 km2. The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve is an area consisting of low mountain ranges and escarpments with poor soils and a relatively low level of economic activity. Habitats are sufficiently represented to ensure that the current high biodiversity is maintained and the low human density ensures large areas of unspoiled wilderness and open spaces are a main characteristic of this biosphere reserve.

Crinum is a genus of the large and attractive Amaryllidaceae family, although the Crinum graminicola is larger in stature than most other species of Amaryllidaceae. Grass crinum are herbaceous plants with large bulbs which produce a neck made up of the sheathing bases of the old leaves and are native to the grassy plains of the highveld of South Africa.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,400
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum - obverse photo

The obverse features a map of South Africa, with the Limpopo Province in the North-East of the country marked on the map, and the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR) within the province enlarged.

Vertically in three lines in the left part of the obverse, the legend SOUTH AFRICA and the date of issue 2018, over a compass rose showing the cardinal directions on the map.

Under the S of South Africa, the initials of the die-sinker MD (MD Mothobela); C Moses is also credited as die-sinker on the presentation folder; the artist was L Guerra.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum - reverse photo

The reverse of this sterling-silver coin shows a colourised grass crinum flower against a background of a rocky outcrop and a lake.

The value and denomination R 5 (Five Rand) are to the right of the flower, above which the species name in Latin: CRINUM GRAMINOCOLA.

Below left, under a flower petal, in small letters are the initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa); the artist was JA Geldenhuys.

The content: 1 OZ Ag925 Cu75 is around below (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, which means "silver" in Latin and is used internationally on silver bullion coinage; Cu is for copper).

Reverse Inscription R 5 CRINUM GRAMINOCOLA 1 OZ Ag925 Cu75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

1,000 individual coins in a "blister card" (presentation folder), issue price R 1,995; plus 400 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2018 Colour Coin Prestige Set, mintage unknown, limited to 400
4 coins: R 10 Sandgrouse, R 10 Heron, R 5 Orange Tritonia, R 5 Grass Crinum
Silver Ounce 2018 Grass Crinum: 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 2018 Grass Crinum: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2018
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage1,400
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerJA Geldenhuys, L Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.725 mm
Thickness3.400 mm
Mass33.626 g
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MDMG-EPQM
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