R2 gold coins are South African coins that were reintroduced in 1997 as commemorative coin series. The first R2 gold coins were (like the first R1 gold coins) issued in 1961 when South Africa became a Republic, replacing the gold pound coins introduced in 1952. They were minted until 1983 as 22 carat gold coins with a springbok motive on the reverse.
In 1997 R2 coins reappeared as legal tender 24 carat gold proof coin series. These 1/4 ounce bullion coins are issued in limited mintages every year. They depict various themes with their design changing annually. In 1997 R2 gold series started and as Paleontological series portraying paleontological motives of South Africa. In 2002 the World Heritage Sites series was introduced portraying the World Heritage Sites of South Africa.
Specifications of R2 Gold Coins
|Metal Content||Au 999.9|
In 2007 a coin design competition was introduced to stimulate public interest in South African coins, using the R2 gold coin series to represent the initiative. The winning design of the 2007 competition – Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, was portrayed on the 2008 R2 gold coins. Another coin design competition took place in 2008. The winning design was depicted on the 2009 R2 gold coins.
Themes of R2 Gold Coins
|1997||Mrs Ples – Almost Human||Paleontological Series|
|1998||The Coelecanth – The Living Fossil|
|1999||Trinaxodon – Mammal-Like Reptile|
|2000||Little Foot: Most Complete Skeleton Found|
|2001||Gondwana – Continental Drift of Pre-Historic Land Mass|
|2002||Robben Island||World Heritage Sites Series|
|2003||Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park|
|2004||Ukhahlamba Park - Drakensberg|
|2005||The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape|
|2006||The Cradle of Mankind|
|2007||The Cape Floral Region|
|2008||The Vredefort Dome|
|2009||The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape|
|2011||The Khoisan Heritage||2000|
|2012||The Khoisan Culture - Eland Stone Carving||2000|
* R2 gold coins were issued in commemoration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa from 2006 to 2010. These exclusive gold coins feature trademarks of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa with different South African national symbols. All five FIFA R2 1/4 ounce gold coins are also available in the R2 Gold Coin Prestige Set.
The R2 gold coins are packaged in a black leatherette box. All the coins and coin sets are issued with individually numbered Certificates of Authenticity that guarantee quality and content of the coins and proves that they were manufactured by the South African Mint. Certificates feature the year, coin specifications, limited edition, description of the product and are signed by the Managing Director of the South African Mint. They are redesigned every year to prevent the duplication. Besides that, the logo of the South African Mint is printed on the certificates in a transparent ink that is visible only under an ultra-violet light.
It is also good to know that there is no VAT tax on these beautiful collectible gold South African coins that are available from different coin dealers around the world and online.
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