1/4 oz, South Africa, 2022, Gold, Big Five II - Lion Obverse
    1/4 oz, South Africa, 2022, Gold, Big Five II - Lion Reverse
    1/4 oz, South Africa, 2022, Gold, Big Five II - Lion Obverse
    1/4 oz, South Africa, 2022, Gold, Big Five II - Lion Reverse

    1/4 oz, South Africa, 2022, Gold, Big Five II - Lion

     

    In the exciting second series of the Big 5 coin collection, the Lion is the second animal to be featured. The Lion is universally known for its indomitable spirit as the king of the jungle, and symbolises royalty and strength in some African cultures, while the lioness represents femininity and motherhood.

    The Big 5 Series II unveils the long-awaited second portrait design of the obverse, while the reverse design remains unchanged from series I. The stunning obverse design for series II shows the lion in a different light from series I in that the focus is on the graceful beauty of these regal animals. It is yet another proud continuation of a series that features the highest standards of artistry in both design and modelling.

    The obverse features a breathtaking design of the African Lion, which fills up much of the surface area of the coin. The words ‘South Africa’, and ‘Big 5 2022’ appears below the image, with the national coat-of-arms in the centre signifying its legal tender status.

    Country

    South Africa

    Year

    2022

    Mintage

    4000

    Value

    1/4 oz, Quarter oz

    Metal

    Gold (24 karat)

    Weight

    7.777g

    Diameter

    22mm

    Thickness

    mm

    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 Lion

    The obverse of this legal-tender 50-Rand coin depicts the imposing head of a male lion as if he’s surveying his domain high atop a rock somewhere in Africa’s vast savannah. 

    Lettering:  

    SOUTH AFRICA                   BIG FIVE 2022

    Reverse

    Two halves of the Lion's face

    The reverse of the coin features two halves of the face of the African Lion and when two coins are placed next to each other a complete close-up image of the face is seen. 

    Lettering:

    In a small circle at centre, the mass of the coin 1/4 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
    1/4 oz
    R50
    Shape
    Round
    Time
    2000s
    Object
    Animal - Lion

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