South African Gold Krugerrand Design
The obverse of the South African gold Krugerrand contains the profile of Paul Kruger, the fifth president of South Africa. It also contains the words “SUID-AFRIKA·SOUTH AFRICA” in the legend. It was designed by Otto Schultz.
The reverse of the gold Krugerrand contains a springbok antelope, the national animal of South Africa, with the mint date in the field. The legend is inscribed with “KRUGERRAND” and the gold weight. It was designed by Coert Steynberg.
The South African Mint also produces collector proof coins with the same design, only differing on the amount of serrations on the edge of the coin.
South African Gold Krugerrand Specifications
The gold Krugerrand weighs a little more than one full troy ounce (1.0909 oz). The South African Mint intended this coin to be currency. However, coins made of pure gold were too soft to bear the effects of circulation. In order to solve this problem, they made the coins from a gold-copper alloy, giving the coins strength.
The coin has a full troy ounce of gold, with the additional weight being the copper added to the allow. The copper-gold alloy used to mint the coins gives them a more orange-gold appearance than other gold coins.
Since September 1980, Krugerrands have also become available in three different sizes containing exactly 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce of pure gold.