Johannesburg – The South African Mint Company has actually minted unique gold coins to celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Numerous gold coins with the emblem of the 2010 FIFA World Cup were launched at the refurbished Soccer City Stadium on Monday.

SA Mint Deputy General Supervisor Natanya Van Niekerk informed BuaNews that the quarter ounce (oz) gold coins formed part of a special launch set for the FIFA World Cup coin series.

The logo on the coins was designed by a Johannesburg resident, De Abreu. “The FIFA logo design was particularly created with an African flair using the new flag’s colours and the footballer depicted in a San or rock painting design.”

Aspects from the South African Coat-of-Arms and the German Coat-of-Arms are likewise included on the coin to symbolise the hand-over from the 2006 German World Cup to South Africa.

According to Van Niekerk, the miniature image of Soccer City on the reverse of the gold coin will celebrate the historical matches which will happen at the amazing stadium in 2010, for generations to come.

Starting in 2006 with a gold quarter ounce and a R2 Silver Crown, the Mint partook in an around the world coin program for the 2006 German World Cup.

In 2007, the Mint added another coin to the series to celebrate the 2010 South African World Cup by adding a 1/10th oz coin.

The 2008 coin series likewise included 3 coins and in 2009, the World Cup mascot, Zakumi took centre phase on all 3 coins. Also in 2009, a special “spirited” coin was developed.

The crown-size silver coin’s style has four recesses and 4 small steel balls which were included in a capsule so that the coin owner can score “his own objectives” by rotating the coin.

A one oz gold coin will be included on next year’s 2010 FIFA coin series along with a series of pure silver medallions.

The stadium, originally understood as the FNB Stadium, was commonly considered as the heart of football in South Africa.

Now relabelled and rebuilded, Soccer City is one of the most creative football locations on the African continent and will host the first and last match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The upgrades included extending the upper tier to increase the capacity to 94 700; adding 99 more suites to bring the number to 184; constructing an encircling roof; adding brand-new altering room facilities and setting up brand-new floodlighting.