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 is introduced for the first time in 2019. The South African Mint celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the “Big 5” in this new series of fine-silver brilliant uncirculated legal tender coins.
The coins will be issued every month, with the first installment in February 2019, featuring the African elephant. From its versatile trunk and imposing tusks, to ears that flap forward as a sign of intimidation, the African elephant is a symbol of majestic strength and family unity. It is also the largest living land animal on earth, and one of our most intelligent species.
Gold (24 karat)
JA Geldenhuys (artist) and RC Stone (designer)
Paul Botes (PB)
Last issue of series
Side view of the Elephant
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.
SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Two halves of the Elephant's face
The reverse of this 24ct gold 1oz coin bears the same design as the rest of the Big 5 Elephant range: the reverse features two halves of the face of an elephant, which make up a full face when two of the coins are placed next to each other.
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
Milled (no inscription)
The coin is issued in Proof grade only