1oz Big Five Buffalo, South Africa, 2021, Reverse
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1 oz, South Africa, 2021, Gold, Big Five I - Buffalo

South Africa, 2021, 1oz Big Five Buffalo, 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 African Cape Buffalo is the last of the animals featured on this popular Big 5 coin series since its debut in 2019. The South African Mint celebrates Africa’s precious wildlife by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five in this series of legal tender coins.

African Buffalo are sociable animals with herds of up to several hundred individuals often observed. These herds might splinter into smaller units in times of drought.

Primarily preyed upon by lions, when a herd member is attacked, other Buffalos will rush to its defense. Together a number of buffalo are more than capable to ward off an attack by an entire pride of lions. A wounded buffalo bull is regarded as most dangerous by hunters, which is one of the main reasons why this animal is included into the big five. This characteristic is the origin of many hunting adventures, myths and legends.

The obverse features a breath-taking design of the Cape buffalo, which fills up much of the surface area of the coin. The words ‘South Africa’, ‘Big 5 2021’ appear below the image, with the national coat-of-arms in the centre signifying its legal tender status.

Coin Specifications:

Country

South Africa

Year

2021

Mintage

600

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

Side view of the Buffalo

Two curved ornaments reminiscent of ivory tusks, the legend SOUTH AFRICA is separated from the inscription BIG FIVE 2021 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Lettering:  

SOUTH AFRICA                   BIG FIVE 2021

Reverse

Two halves of the Buffalo's face

The reverse of the coin features two halves of the face of the Cape buffalo and when two coins are placed next to each other a complete close-up image of the face is seen. When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a herd of buffalos is formed.

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

Milled (no inscription)

The coin is issued in Proof grade only

Material
Gold
Denomination
1 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s
Object
Animal - Buffalo