The 2010 World Cup was the 19th World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from the 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, The International Football Federation selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.
The matches were played in then stadiums in nine host cities around the country with the final played at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final.
In the final, Spain, the European Champions, defeated third-time finalists, the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time, with Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116th minute giving Spain their first world title. The first time that a European nation has won the tournament outside its home continent. Host nation South Africa, 2006 World champions Italy and 2006 runners-up France were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.
The 2010 Winners Set commemorates this remarkable event with 2 pure gold coins. The Mandela coin features South Africa's beloved icon Nelson Mandela on the reverse, and the African continent, along with the 32 participating teams and Spain highlighted as the winner. The official SA Mint R2 gold coin features emblems and symbols from two of the host cities.
|Diameter:||27.00 mm, 22.00 mm|
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||-, C Moses|
|Reverse Artist:||-, L Guerra|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||-, AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|