The mint of Norway were commissioned in 2008, to mint 900 x 2 ounce and 90 x ½ kilo gold Nelson Mandela 90’th birthday medallions in order to commemorate the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela. 1800 x 1 ounce, 90th birthday gold medallions were minted of which 900 sets were compiled consisting of the 1 ounce gold 90th birthday gold medallion and a 1 ounce sterling silver 90th birthday medallion, this set is refered to as the 90th birthday silver twin set.
900 sets consisting of the 1 ounce gold Nelson Mandela 90th birthday medallion and a half ounce platinum Nelson Mandela 90th birthday medallion have also been compiled. This is the first time ever that Nelson Mandela's bust has been portrayed in Platinum. 27 x ½ kilogram platinum Nelson Mandela 90th birthday medallions have also been minted.
The reason that 27 of these medallions were minted is to signify the 27 years that Nelson Mandela spent incarcerated on Robben Island. This is the first time that a 2 ounce gold medallion as well as a half kilogram gold medallion have been minted which portray the bust ofNelson Mandela.
The obverse of the medallion depicts the bust of Nelson Mandela and the inscription “A Long Walk To Freedom”, as well as the year 2008. The reverse chronologically captures the milestones of Nelson Mandela’s life, which reads:
Born Umtata 1918;
1964 Rivonia trial;
Robben Island 1964-1990;
1993 Nobel Peace Prize;
Democratically elected government 1994 and
1994-1999 State President .
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