Silver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet

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. Initially they were made of Sterling silver (92.5%), but this later changed to 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).

This coin featuring a pair of Cape gannets 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 50c (2 oz) coin portrays a pair of Cape gannets (Morus capensis) greeting each other, with a group of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) in the background. The Betty’s Bay MPA and the Bird Island MPA offer protection to many seabirds and the endemic species living in the subtidal habitat.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet - 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
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet - reverse photo

The reverse of the two-ounce silver coin features a pair of Cape gannets (Morus capensis) greeting each other, with a group of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) in the background.

Below, the face value and denomination 50c (Fifty Cents). Partially overlaid on that, the inscription Cape Gannet.

In the upper left field, the initials of the reverse die-sinker, VLC (for VL Chipa); the reverse artist is L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription 50c Cape Gannet
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Notes

The coins were issued individually (SA Mint Part-No: SIL-PC-MPA5015, mintage limited to 1,000, issue price R 1,700), 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 Two Ounces 2015 Cape Gannet: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2015
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)50
Mass (g)67.2520
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-AXRN-OMDY
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SA’s Marine Protected Areas 50c (2 oz, sterling-silver)
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SA’s Marine Protected Areas 50c (2 oz, sterling-silver)
Copyright: South African Mint
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