R1, South Africa, 2015, Gold - Nile Crocodile reverse
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R1, South Africa, 2015, Gold - Nile Crocodile

R1, South Africa, 2015, Gold - Nile Crocodile, Part of the South Africa Reptile Series

The Proof 1/10 oz 24 carat Gold coin. Limited Edition: unknown

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The R1 (1/10oz) pure gold coin was re-introduced in 1997 as a commemorative coin.   In 2015, the theme South African Reptiles was added to it, with this coin featuring a Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).

 

The Nile crocodile is the only crocodile species in southern Africa. Fewer than an estimated 12,000 remain in protected natural areas.    The animal is one of the largest living reptiles; it grows to 3 metres in the wild. Its robust body and tail are covered with horny scales. The reptile has a long snout with large teeth, and its eyes and nostrils protrude from the water when the crocodile floats just below the surface.  

 

Active day and night, Nile crocodiles inhabit rivers, lakes, swamps and estuaries. They often bask in the sun, their mouths agape. At night they move into the water to keep warm. This is also when they do most of their hunting; adult Nile crocodiles prey on fish, large mammals and birds.    The Nile crocodile belongs to the Crocodylia order. Besides birds, it is the only living representative of the ancient group Archosauria, which emerged over 220 million years ago.

Limited Edition: Unknown

 

Coin Specifications

Country

South Africa

Year

2015

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 Mothobela (MD)

Shape

Round

Obverse

COA of South Africa

Lettering:

SOUTH AFRICA

 ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland) are to the left of the Coat of Arms

2016

Reverse

Depicts a Cape dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum) clinging to a tree branch. 

Lettering:

1/10oz Au999.9 (around the top)

R1

NILE CROCODILE (Around bottom)

MD (initials for MD Mothobela) are below left, between the crocodile's tail and the letter N of NILE; the artist is L Guerra.

Edge

Milled (no edge inscription)

Mintage

 

Mintage

Proof Mintage

2015

n/a

unknown

 

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. 

Hern Np
Material
Gold
Denomination
1/10 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s