2017 South Africa Silver Heart Transplant 2-piece Proof Set

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Silver Set Honors 50th Anniversary of First Successful Human Heart Transplant

1967 was an important year for South Africa. That was the year the South African Mint made coin history by striking its very first Krugerrand. But there was another important milestone that happened that year in South Africa – and a heart-warming event at that! It was the first successful human heart transplant performed by a team of surgeons at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. The success of that nine-hour procedure is commemorated on this stunning two-piece proof set that features a Crown-sized Two-Rand coin and a tickey coin along with a special silver piece truck in the shape of a three-dimensional heart.

These fabulous coins were struck by the prestigious South African Mint in 92.5% Sterling silver. The impressive design on the Two Rand coin depicts an image that replicates an x-ray of a human torso that’s realistic right down to the skeletal structure, circulatory system and internal organs. The area over the heart is highlighted with a slightly recessed circle while next to it is the date “1967 12.03” indicating the date that the transplant was completed. The words “FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT,” are inscribed at the bottom of the coin along with the denomination and the metal purity along the coin’s rim.

What’s especially fascinating about this two-piece set is that the 16.3 mm tickey coin can actually fit into a recessed area on the 38.7 mm crown coin so you can skillfully perform a symbolic heart transplant yourself! It’s a fascinating detail that makes this two-piece set such an engaging piece and one that’s sure to delight your friends and family for years to come!

This set is limited to just 700 and each will come displayed in an official presentation case from the South African Mint. It will also be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Don’t miss out on this incredible set. If you did, it would just break your heart!

  • PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT – The South African Mint commemorated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful heart transplant on this 20177-dated coin with a design than mimics an x-ray of a human torso. The coin’s obverse depicts the South African National coat of arms. The words “South Africa” are arranged in a pentagonal shape around the coat of arms, written in ten of South Africa's official languages.
  • STRUCK IN STERLING SILVER – Each piece in this two-piece set is struck in 92.5% Sterling silver.
  • SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL TENDER – These coins are Two Rands and One Tickey legal tender in South Africa.
  • GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – The coins in your 2017 South Africa Heart Transplant Two-Piece Proof Set were expertly crafted by the mint from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
  • LOW LIMITED EDITION – Just 700 of these 2017 South Africa Heart Transplant Two-Piece Proof Set were ever issued for worldwide release.

Pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the first successful human heart transplant with the 2017 South Africa Heart Transplant Two-Piece Proof Set. Supplies are limited so secure yours now!

Year of Issue 2017
Country South Africa
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9250
Condition Proof
Mint Name South Africa Mint
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