Protea coins provide investors and coin collectors with a lucrative way to celebrate South Africa. The obverse side of each Protea coin is emblazoned with a detailed image of South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea.
Each year, a theme pertinent to the country and its people is chosen and represented on the converse side of the Protea coins minted that year. Past themes include nursing, the mining industry and 10 years of democracy.
From 2005 to 2007, the theme was Nobel Peace Prize winners. Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were chosen to be represented on the 2007 1oz Mandela/de Klerk Protea coin. These respected men were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, just one year before South Africa’s first democratic election, in which Nelson Mandela was voted president.