2021 South African Gold Krugerrand Proof Coins

Gold Krugerrands have a special place in the hearts of collectors. The grandfather of modern gold issues, the series brings South Africa’s history and natural beauty to collectors every year. Historically, 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz versions of the coin are struck annually, each in .9167 fine gold. The coin’s proof finish and number of edge serrations distinguish it from the bullion version of the coin. Proofs have 220 serrations, while business strikes have 160. The proofs traditionally have low mintages, which enhances the already tremendous appeal of this iconic series.

History of the Series

Proof Krugerrands date back to 1967, the same year as the first business strikes were issued. The series has a fascinating history that is tied to the issuing nation’s troubled past. Many Western countries banned the import of Krugerrands as part of their apartheid-era boycotts of the 1970s and 1980s. Those sanctions were lifted when South Africa abandoned the institution of apartheid, and the coins have only grown in popularity since.

2021 South African Gold Krugerrand Proof Designs

Otto Schultz’s famous left-side portrait of Paul Kruger features on the obverse. Kruger was the third President of the South African Republic. He is shown here with his characteristic long, thick beard. Joining him are rim inscriptions of the name of the issuing country in Afrikaans, “SUID-AFRIKA,” and English, “SOUTH AFRICA.”

The reverse features a springbok antelope, which is a symbol of South Africa. In fact, the country’s national sports teams take their nickname from it. The graceful creature springs across the plains, splitting the date, “2021.” The name of the coin, “KRUGERRAND,” arches over it, while the coin’s weight is inscribed in Afrikaans and English below.