R1, South Africa, 2012, Gold - African Monarch Butterfly Reverse
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R1, South Africa, 2012, Gold - African Monarch Butterfly

2012 R1 Gold Coin - South Africa Pollinators, The African Monarch Butterfly

The Proof 1/10 oz 24 carat Gold coin. 

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The theme, South African Pollinators, was introduced on the pure gold R1 (1/10th oz) coin in 2011 and featured the African Honey Bee which was followed by the African Monarch Butterfly (Danaus chrysippus) in 2012.

  

African Monarch butterflies are beautiful with vibrant coloured ochre and black wings, decorated with white stripes. These bright colours are a clear warning that they are poisonous. The African Monarch larvae feed on the Milkweed plant, ingesting the toxins and are therefore not palatable to avian predators. Some non-poisonous species of butterfly mimic the colours and patterns of the African Monarch, and their slow leisurely flight, thus lessening their chances of being preyed upon.

  

The African Monarch is a common butterfly widespread across Africa. Like other pollinators, butterflies are exposed to pesticides, urban development, and modern farming. The destruction of their natural habitat eliminates the plants they need to sustain themselves through the different stages of their life cycle. There is a worldwide threat to the populations of pollinators, thereby threatening the pollination of the crops we as humans rely on.

n Specifications

Country

South Africa

Year

2018

Value

Gold R1, 1/10th Oz Fine

Metal

Gold .999 (24 Carat Gold)

Weight

3.110gm(1/10 oz fine)

Diameter

16.50mm

Thickness

1.0mm

Obverse Design

Arthur Sutherland(ALS)

Reverse Design

MD

Shape

Round

Obverse

COA of South Africa(4th Coat of arms, since 27 April 2000-) with the incuse motto:!KE E: /XARRA //KE (translated: Unity in Diversity)

Lettering:

SOUTH AFRICA

ALS (initials)

2012

Reverse

African Monarch butterfly (left, Danaus chrysippus aegyptius) on a flower in front of an e-shaped striped flight path

 Lettering:

1/10oz Au999.9 (around top)

R1

MD(Initials)

Edge

Reeded/Grained (no edge inscription)

Mintage

 

Mintage

Proof Mintage

2018

n/a

2000

 

Certificate of Authenticity

Each coin has a Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate describes the coin’s specifications, the year, the limited edition as well as a short description of the product. It also depicts the signature of the South African Mint’s Managing Director, Mr Andile Mvinjelwa. To prevent the duplication of a South African Mint product, the certificates are re-designed each year to include the coin design and each certificate is individually numbered according to the limited edition of the coin or set. As another security measure, the South African Mint’s logo, which is printed in transparent ink and only visible under ultra-violet light, features as part of the layout.

 

 R1 Gold Goin R1(1/10 oz)
  24 Carat Gold
Mass 3.110 gram

Diameter

16.50 mm

Thickness

1.0mm

Edge

Reeded
Metal Content Au 999.9
Reverse Die-Sinker

C Moses - TBC

Reverse Artist N van Niekerk - TBC
Obverse Die-Sinker AL Sutherland - TBC
Limited Edition 2000

 

Certificate of Authenticity

Each coin has a Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate describes the coin’s specifications, the year, the limited edition as well as a short description of the product. It also depicts the signature of the South African Mint’s Managing Director, Mr Andile Mvinjelwa. To prevent the duplication of a South African Mint product, the certificates are re-designed each year to include the coin design and each certificate is individually numbered according to the limited edition of the coin or set. As another security measure, the South African Mint’s logo, which is printed in transparent ink and only visible under ultra-violet light, features as part of the layout.

 

G24-PC-R1T1, Hern Np18
Material
Gold
Denomination
1/10 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s
Object
Butterfly