South African Mint

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South African Mint
Industry Coin production
Founded1890 (First national mint)
1923 (as a branch of the Royal Mint)
1941 (as an independent mint)
South Africa
Area served
South Africa
Owner South African Reserve Bank

The South African Mint is responsible for minting all coins of the South African rand on behalf of its owner, the South African Reserve Bank. Located in Centurion, Gauteng near South Africa's administrative capital Pretoria, the mint manufactures coins and planchets for both domestic and international markets. [1]



Following the discovery of gold in the South African Republic (causing the 1886 Witwatersrand Gold Rush), the country's President Paul Kruger decided to establish a national mint. This was established in 1890 and opened on 6 July 1892 in Pretoria. After the end of the Second Boer War in 1902, the country was annexed into the British Empire and became the Transvaal Colony, leading to the closure of the mint after the pound sterling became the legal tender of the new colony. Under the Mint Act of 1919, the British established a branch of the Royal Mint on 1 January 1923, which produced £83,114,575 worth of sovereigns during its lifetime. As South Africa began cutting ties with Britain, the mint closed on 30 June 1941 only to be later reopened as the South African Mint. [2] [3]


Most of the production is of circulation coins and commemorative coins. Among them are:

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  1. "About us". South African Mint. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. "The History of the South African Mint". 2 December 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. "A History of the South African Mint". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  4. Collector Coins > Proof Coin Manufacture. Retrieved 2010-12-04.