Celebrating our natural heritage

SA Mint
2016 Natura Hyena

The South African Mint is one of many custodians and purveyors of South Africa’s heritage.

The South African Mint has a long history in producing high-quality currency coins for South Africa and the export market, and is also one of the foremost purveyors of South African natural heritage; and the proud home of the world’s first gold bullion coin (the Krugerrand). Established in 1892, the Mint’s sole purpose was to produce currency for the country. This expertise later extended to the production of collectable commemorative coins and in 1967, investment coins in the form of the Krugerrand. Today, the South African Mint boasts a wide variety of collectable coins that celebrate South Africa’s cultural and natural heritage, in precious and non-precious metals like gold and silver, and metal alloys. The detail and care taken to produce these superior collectable coins render them as works of art in themselves. The coin ranges are produced in limited quantities, using world-class manufacturing practices and South African-sourced raw materials. The creation of a new collectable coin draws on the Mint’s expert skill in researching the subject matter, and superior design and craftsmanship in producing a superior quality product.

As a leading preserver and narrator of South Africa’s history, culture and natural surroundings, the South African Mint partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) in 2015 on their Man and the Biosphere Programme to commemorate the country’s biodiversity

As a leading preserver and narrator of South Africa’s history, culture and natural surroundings, the South African Mint partnered with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) in 2015 on their Man and the Biosphere Programme to commemorate the country’s biodiversity. The Man and Biosphere coin range later inspired the Mint’s first-ever coloured coins, in the form of the sterling silver bird and flowers of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Coin collections such as the 24-carat gold Natura range launched in 1994,  which celebrates the country’s wildlife, has become one of the Mint’s most sought-after coin collections, winning many international awards. The Natura range has featured creatures like the leopard, the black-backed jackal and the rhinoceros. In 2016, the South African Mint introduced a new theme: South African Inventions, to celebrate South African innovations that have been adopted the world over. The first invention to be featured was the Dolos. Dolosse, developed by an East London engineer in 1963 to protect harbour walls and dissipate the energy of breaking waves. Their unique design ensures that they form an interlocking yet porous wall.

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