1oz Big Five Lion, South Africa, 2019, Gold - Reverse
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1oz Big Five Lion, South Africa, 2019, Gold

South Africa, 2019, 1oz Big Five Lion, Republic of South Africa(RSA)

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The Big Five coin series by the South African Mint, celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five animals on legal tender coins. The “Big Five” term refers to the five most dangerous animals in Africa: the Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo.

The Big Five series was first introduced in 2019. The South African Mint celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five in this new series of fine-silver brilliant uncirculated legal tender coins.

The coins are issued every 6 months, and the first instalment in February depicted the African elephant. The lion is the second instalment. The male lion symbolises royalty and strength in some African cultures, while the lioness represents femininity and motherhood..

Country

South Africa

Year

2019

Mintage

500

Value

1 oz

Metal

Gold (24 karat)

Weight

31.107g

Diameter

32.69mm

Thickness

2.84mm

Obverse Design

JA Geldenhuys (artist) and RC Stone (designer)

Reverse Design

Paul Botes (PB)

Shape

Round

Last issue of series

Obverse

Close-up view of male Lion's head

Two curved ornaments reminiscent of ivory tusks, the legend SOUTH AFRICA is separated from the inscription BIG FIVE 2019 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Lettering:  

SOUTH AFRICA                   BIG FIVE 2019

Reverse

Two halves of the Lion's face

The reverse of this 24ct gold 1oz coin features two halves of the face of a Loin so that when two of the coins are placed next to each other, a complete close-up image of the face of a rhino is seen.

Lettering:

In a small circle at centre, the mass of the coin 1 OZ is surrounded by its face value FIFTY RAND above and the composition Au 999.9 below (Au is abbreviated from Aurum and stands for "gold" in Latin), 

Initials  in the lower right, PB, is of the die-sinker (engraver) Paul Botes

Edge

Reeded

The coin is issued in Proof grade only

Material
Gold
Denomination
1 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s