South Africa won the bid to host the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup, the announcement was made by Mr Sepp Blatter on 15 May 2010.
The South African Mint started mint gold R1 coins in 2007.
As with all the gold R1 coins, these weigh 3.110 grams, and are minted in 24 carat gold.
The R1 gold coins thus contain 1/1 ounce of gold and have a diameter of 16.5mm.
The first R1 gold coin portrays the South African coat of arms and the mintage year, being 2007 on the obverse of the coin. The reverse of the coin portrays a secretary bird and a blue crane, as well as the wording “2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa, R1 (One Rand) and a soccer ball.
The 2008 soccer world cup R1 gold coin has the mintage year, being 2008 and the coat of arms on the obverse. The reverse of the coin portrays a soccer ball with being hels with hands above and below. The wording 2010 FIFA WorldCup South Africa also appears on the coin.
The 2009 R1 Soccer world cup gold coin portrays an image of“Zakumi” the official 2010 soccer world cup mascot.
The 2010 soccer world cup R1 gold coin portrays an image of the trophy on the reverse.