The obverse side of the 2016 South Africa 1 oz Gold Krugerrand, as has been tradition since 1967, features the likeness of Paul Kruger, the first and only president of the South African Republic and who served for four terms. Visible in a semi-circular pattern along the upper half of the obverse side are the words “Sud-Afrika” on the left side and “South Africa” on the right side, which are a direct reference to the name of the country of origin both in Afrikaans and English.
As a celebration of South Africa’s animal heritage, the reverse side of the 2016 South Africa 1 oz Gold Krugerrand features a beautiful engraving of the springbok, a species of antelope native to South Africa and which has been adopted as the country’s national symbol, running freely across the land. Prominently displayed in a semi-circular pattern along the upper portion of the reverse side is the word “Krugerrand“, with the year of issue divided into two parts on either side of the springbok. On the bottom half, also in a semi-circular pattern, the words “Fyngoud 1 oz Fine Gold“, which is the weight of the coin once again in Afrikaans and English.
To maintain the high quality of the coins and their pristine condition, individual coins are packed in protective plastic flips, while orders of 10 or more are packaged in tubes. Each coin weighs one troy ounce of 91.67% (22 karat) gold, and has a standard measurement of 2.84 mm in thickness and 32.6 mm in diameter. Even though the 1 oz presentation is the most popular, this coin is also available in ½ oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz versions, making it one of the most collectible coins on the market today.
About the Springbok
As a national symbol of South Africa, the Springbok has lent its image and name to different organizations around the country, including the national rugby team. This small antelope has a reddish brown coat, with a pale white underbelly, a characteristic that allows it to blend in with its surroundings in its quest to avoid its natural predators. The springbok receives its name due to its ability to jump up to 13 feet in the air in a continuous motion that seems as if its legs were mounted on springs. The springbok is also one of the fastest animals in the world, reaching speeds of up to 56 mph when needed. Unfortunately, the springbok, while not endangered, is listed as “Conservation Dependent“, which means specific programs have been set in motion to prevent it from becoming threatened with extinction.
So don’t hesitate and get yours today! Whether you are a long time collector or are just starting to get your feet wet and are looking for a good investment and a highly collectible coin, the 2016 South Africa 1 oz Gold Krugerrand is always the way to go.