The Protea series commemorates various aspects and important events in the history of South Africa. In 2005, a theme celebrating the “Nobel Peace Prize Winners of South Africa” commenced with Chief Albert Luthuli as the first of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was featured on the 2006 Protea coins and the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mr Frederik Willem de Klerk will complete this theme in 2007. An extra 1/10 oz gold coin and silver R1 coin will be added to the set, allowing both winners to feature separately. Therefore the series will consist of 5 coins in 2007.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1 993 to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk for their contribution for the peaceful termination of apartheid and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa. Despite their different points of view, Mandela and de Klerk had reached an agreement for a transition to a new political order based on the tenet of one man-one vote. Through their common vision of reconciliation and not by looking back at the past, they had shown personal integrity and great political courage. Their constructive strategy for peace and reconciliation also pointed the way to the peaceful resolution of conflicts elsewhere in the world.
The previous Nobel Laureates Albert Luthuli and Desmond Tutu made important contributions towards racial equality in South Africa. Mandela and de Klerk took the process a major step further. The Nobel Peace Prize for 1993 was jointly awarded to these two South African leaders in recognition of their efforts and as a pledge of support to the forces of good, in the hope that the advance towards equality and democracy would reach its goal in the very near future. This became a reality in 1994 with the formation of a new democratic South Africa.
When Nelson Mandela bode farewell to Parliament five years after he was sworn in as South Africa’s first democratically elected President, he urged South Africans never to forget their past, but to use it as a tool in overcoming the challenges still facing the country. FW de Klerk, who retired from politics in 1 997, praised all South Africans for their role in bringing about change in the country, asking them to join hands for further socio-economic transformation, saying the challenges were still huge.
The dove, the international symbol of peace, features as the mintmark on both R5 (1/10 oz) gold Protea coins. It is also portrayed together with the word peace as the mintmark on the R25 (1 oz) Protea coin. These three pure gold Protea coins together with the two R1 sterling silver Protea coins make up this unique launch set.
This Protea coin series celebrates the Nobel Laureates of South Africa and the role they played in successfully transforming South Africa into a vibrant, democratic nation.
|Mass:||31.107 g, 3.110 g, 3.110 g, 15.00 g, 15.00 g|
|Diameter:||32.69 mm, 16.50 mm, 16.50 mm, 32.69 mm, 32.69 mm|
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9, Au 999.9, Au 999.9, Ag 925 Cu 75, Ag 925 Cu 75|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||N van Niekerk, MJ Scheepers, MJ Scheepers, A Minnie, MJ Scheepers|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||AL Sutherland|
|Obverse Artist:||AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Extras:||Mintmark on 1 oz gold coin, Mintmark on both tenth oz gold coins|