Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon

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 2018, the South African Mint issued two gold quarter ounces and two silver ounces in it. This coin features a Cape Griffon (a type of vulture).

The South African Mint says about it:
"Introduced in 2015, The UNESCO Man and the Biosphere coin series features the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR) in 2018. A pristine wilderness and important water catchment area for the arid region, the biosphere is situated within the Bushveld District in the Limpopo Province. Preservation of the water resources was one of the main reasons for establishing the biosphere reserve.

This sterling-silver R2 coin captures the open landscape of the Waterberg Bioshpere Reserve. The Seven Sisters Mountain range, an iconic feature of, and the gateway to the Waterberg, are shown with clouds gathering above in the background."

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage850
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon - 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 UNESCO - Cape Griffon - reverse photo

The reverse of this sterling-silver R2 coin shows a Cape Griffon (vulture) in flight. In the background, the open landscape of the Waterberg Bioshpere Reserve. The Seven Sisters Mountain range, an iconic feature of, and the gateway to the Waterberg, are shown with clouds gathering above.

The value and denomination R 2 (Two Rand) are to the left of the bird. Around above, on two lines the inscription WATERBERG biosphere reserve, below which the logo of UNESCO.

Below right, the initials of the die-sinker VLC (for VL Chipa); the artist was L Guerra.

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 2 WATERBERG biosphere reserve 1 oz Ag925 Cu75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

750 individual coins in a presentation folder (issue price R 995), plus 100 coins in sets.

Issued in Set
2018 Man and the Biosphere Prestige Set, mintage unknown, limited to 100
4 coins: 1/4 oz Gold - Rock Art, 1/4 oz Gold - Rhino, 1 oz Silver - Cape Griffon, 1 oz Silver - Kudu
Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon: References to Information Used
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Silver Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Cape Griffon: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2018
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage850
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)33.6260
Mass (g)38.7250
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-AKPG-OYJD
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Waterberg Biosphere Reserve- R2 (sterling silver) Cape Griffon (vulture)
Copyright: South African Mint
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Waterberg Biosphere Reserve- R2 (sterling silver) Cape Griffon (vulture)
Copyright: South African Mint
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