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The South African Mint Company has produced special gold coins to commemorate the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Several gold coins with the emblem of the World Cup were launched at the almost completed Soccer City Stadium this week.

SA Mint deputy general manager Natanya Van Niekerk told BuaNews that the quarter ounce gold coins form part of a special launch set for the World Cup coin series.

The logo on the coins was designed by a Johannesburg resident.

“The FIFA logo was especially designed with an African flair using the new flag’s colours and the footballer portrayed in a San or rock painting style,” Van Niekerk said.

Elements from the South African coat-of-arms and the German coat-of-arms are also featured on the coin to symbolise the handover 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 take place at the spectacular stadium for generations to come.

Beginning in 2006 with a gold quarter ounce and a R2 Silver Crown, the Mint partook in a worldwide 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 also consisted of three coins, and in 2009, the World Cup mascot, Zakumi, took centre stage on all three coins.

A one ounce gold coin will be added on next year’s 2010 FIFA coin series, as well as a series of pure silver medallions.

Soccer City, originally known as the FNB Stadium, is widely regarded as the heart of football in South Africa.

Now renamed and reconstructed, Soccer City is one of the most artistic football venues on the African continent and will host the first and final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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