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The Protea Series
The South African Mint produces a series of "Protea" coins, starting in 1986, in two different sizes, one ounce and tenth ounce. The obverse has an image of the King Protea or King sugar Bush, the national flower of South Each reverse bears a different attractive design based on the theme for that year.
Please see our separate page of South Africa Protea Information, which contains history and specifications.

Low Mintages
All of the Protea series have relatively low mintage figures, which often enhances their attraction for collectors, and also for their "second-hand" value.

Protea or Not Protea?
A number of the coins in the protea series do not feature a protea anywhere in their design or inscription, but the South African Mint describe them as belonging to the protea series. There is also an "Ounce" or "One Ounce" coin which preceeded the Proteas in 1985. We have included this 1 Ounce coin on this page along with the Proteas.

Technical Specifications
The following tables summarise the specifications of all the sizes.
SizeDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
One Ounce32.7033.93.91661.0000
Tenth Ounce16.503.110.91660.1000

Diameter = diameter in millimetres
Gold Grams = Actual fine gold content in grams
Gold Ounces = Actual fine gold content in troy ounces

Protea Gold Proofs
1985One Ounce75th Anniversary of Parliament3,019
1986Tenth Ounce100th Anniversary of Johannesburg5,212
1991Tenth OunceSouth African Nursing Schools3,950
1993One Ounce1793 Bankwese 200th Anniversary of Banking in S.A.2,032
1994One OunceConservation1,187
1995One OunceRugby World Cup in S.A.406
1996One OunceThe New Constitution641
1999One OunceThe Mining Industry in South Africa 
2001Tenth OunceThe Tourism Industry in South Africa, Boxed1,168

Key to Table
Mintage: Most recent figures quoted in Krause.
Availability: At the last update of this page.

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Obverse of 1996 South African One Ounce Protea - New Constitution
Obverse of 1996 South African One Ounce Protea - New Constitution

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Reverse of 1996 South African One Ounce Protea - New Constitution
Reverse of 1996 South African One Ounce Protea - New Constitution

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