The South African Mint
The South African Mint Company is a leading coin-maker, minting all South Africa’s coins and supplying coin blanks to many other countries. Although the its main function is to ensure that the country has enough coins in circulation, it is also renowned for minting commemorative coins, which are treasured by coin collectors around the world.
In 1996, the company opened Coin World, a retail outlet and museum that has become a major tourist draw card. A trained guide talks visitors through the display of South African coins, working minting machinery, artworks and antique furniture. Visitors are also able to strike their own proof coin on “Oom Paul”, one of the world’s oldest working mint presses.
“Oom Paul” is the world’s only remaining press of its kind. It has survived two world wars and has a manufacturing date of 1891 – the year Paul Kruger, the president of the South African Republic, ordered two presses from Germany for the first South African Mint on Church Square, Pretoria. Between 1892 and 1900, “Oom Paul” minted more than 8-million coins, including the “Kruger millions”; Sammy Marks golden tickeys; special crowns to mark the 1947 visit of the British Royal family; the first decimal 1c coins in 1961; and the first Krugerrand in 1967.
Visitors to Coin World can purchase Krugerrands, jewellery and other collectable items at bargain prices. The most sought-after coins minted by the South African Mint Company are the Krugerrands. These gold coins are every collector’s treasure because they are produced under very strict conditions and in limited numbers. Krugerrands are sold with numbered certificates of authenticity to ensure buyers aren’t duped into purchasing counterfeit versions.
The Krugerrand Prestige Set, consisting of four 22-carat gold coins (1, ½, ¼ and 1/10 of an ounce), is sold in an enclosed box made from kiaat or imbuya wood. Each set has a plaque with the name “Krugerrand Prestige Set”, the year the coins were minted and the individual number of the set emblazoned on it. The face of these unique gold coins features Paul Kruger and the reverse features the famous national symbol, the springbok.
Special coins depicting themes from the country’s cultural and natural heritage, and commemorating national milestones, have also been manufactured by the mint. Top among them are the 2008 two-metal R5 coins celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday and special gold coins to commemorate the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ held in South Africa. A 50c coin with the image of South Africa’s legendary fielder, Jonty Rhodes, was minted to commemorate the 2003 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup held in South Africa.
Free, but pre-booking is required for the museum visit
Monday from 13h00 to 16h30
Tuesday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h30
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 09h00 to 15h00
Off the N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria