|South African Mint
ABOUT THE MINT
Although coins have been produced in South Africa for more than a century, the South African Mint’s new facility incorporates much modern technology making it one of the most advanced manufacturers of circulation coins, numismatic products in the world.
In addition to minting all of South Africa’s coins, the company supplies coins and coin blanks to an increasing number of countries throughout the world and has built up a reputation for reliability, quality and innovation.
Traditional craftsmanship and artistic skills are equally important in the coin business. The South African Mint is proud to have received a number of awards for the design and quality of its gold and silver coins. Many of these coins depict themes from South Africa’s rich cultural and natural heritage and reflect the dedication and attention to detail that the company’s people devote to all its products.
Emphasis has been placed on the development of personnel in parallel with investments in modern technology. The South African Mint is in an excellent position to continue to serve its many customers throughout the world at the commencement of the new millennium.
Mr. A. M. Mvinjelwa
South African Mint Company
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
The South African Mint recognizes its responsibility towards the African environment. We will always be fully dependent on the availability of natural resources and have implemented a variety of systems to fulfill our environmental obligations and contribute to sustainability.
The new Constitution of the Republic of South Africa includes the fundamental right of every person "to an environment that is not harmful to his or her health or well-being". The South African Mint is in the process of applying for ISO 14001 status and despite the presence of potentially hazardous substances and processes; the site is already recognized as a safe and ergonomically friendly environment.
Testimony to the South African Mint’s environmental commitment may be seen in the following systems:
· Advanced fume scrubbing at the electroplating plant
· Effluent processing equipment
· Cyanide destruction plant
· Frequent tests to ensure the quality of the water that leaves the premises
· Regular visits by noise and air pollution consultants to ensure that pollution levels do not exceed internationally accepted minimums
Development of a natural wildlife garden with various birds such as ducks, geese and ostriches, as well as springbok and other antelope.
Special attention has also been paid to ensuring that the trees and flowers that have been introduced to the garden are indigenous to South Africa.
Coin World is the extremely popular retail outlet and museum at the South African Mint. Since opening its doors to the public in 1996, Coin World has become a major tourist attraction. Special features at Coin World include a complete museum display of South African coins, working machinery, works of art, antique furniture and a trained guide on the floor. Krugerrands, jewellery, limited edition medallion watches and other exciting collectors’ items are available directly from the Mint at bargain prices.
Coin World at the South African Mint, is situated on the N1 between Johannesburg and Pretoria, within every tourists' reach en-route to their destinations. The security and tranquility that surrounds the Mint, as well as the comforting and calm ambiance of Café Burgundy's, makes a visit to Coin World, a magical experience for tourist and customers alike.
Visitors to Coin World can enjoy the unique experience of striking their own proof coin on one of the world’s oldest working mint presses, nicknamed "Oom Paul". Coin World is known for its superb customer service and has proved to be the place to buy a South African gift with a difference.
Come and visit Coin World at the South African Mint.
We are open seven days a week:
Monday : 13h00 till 16h30
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 till 16h30
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays : 09h00 till 15h00
DID YOU KNOW
"Oom Paul Minting Press"
This is one of the oldest working coin presses in the world with a manufacturing date of 1891. President Paul Kruger, then the President of the old ZAR (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek) ordered two presses from Ludw. Loew & Co. in Berlin to be used at the first South African Mint on Church Square, Pretoria.
More than 8 million coins were minted between 1892 and 1900 on the "Oom Paul". The so called "Kruger millions", Sammy Marks golden tickeys, special 1947 crowns for the visit of the British Royal family, the first decimal 1c coins in 1961, the first Krugerrand in 1967, the first gold Protea in 1986 and the first R2 coin were minted on this historical press. The first of South Africa’s various other new 24-carat gold coin series were also launched on this press.
"Oom Paul" has survived two wars, been worked on five different premises and was involved in the manufacturing of four coin series and various other prestigious items. This is the only remaining press of its kind in the world.
How does the "Oom Paul" operate?
· "Oom Paul" was originally steam operated, but has been modified to work on electricity.
· Blanks are automatically, or in some cases, manually fed into the coining press.
· The coin press is nothing more than a heavy-duty piece of machinery to drive one die down towards a second die.
· The planchet in between the dies, receives the impact and the metal flows into the design in each die, whilst simultaneously expanding the collar.
· The collar imparts the serrations or flat edge to the coins as necessary.
60 coins per minute can be minted on the "Oom Paul".