R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon reverse
    R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon obverse
    R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon reverse
    R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon obverse

    R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon

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    R1(1/10oz), South Africa, 2016, 24 carat Gold coin - Cape Dwarf Chameleon.  This coin is part of the South Africa Reptile Series

     

    The R1 (1/10oz) pure gold coin was re-introduced in 1997 as a commemorative coin. The theme of South African Reptiles started out in 2015 and the Nile crocodile was the first to feature.  The Cape dwarf chameleon appeared on the 2016 coin.

    The Cape dwarf chameleon(Bradypodion pumilum), represents the lizards within the reptile series. This chameleon is endemic to the southern part of the Western Cape, and one of 15 described dwarf chameleons in the country. This small, viviparous lizard has come under intense pressure as its habitat has been transformed into urban areas and monoculture plantations.

     

    On the R1 coin, the chameleon is shown basking in the sun, while its eyes move independently from one another searching for prey and predators.

     

    Coin Specifications:

    Country

    South Africa

    Year

    2016

    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 L. Sutherland(ALS)

    Reverse Design

    MD Mothobela (MD)

    Shape

    Round

    Obverse

    COA of South Africa

    Lettering:

    SOUTH AFRICA

     ALS (initials on the left of the Coat of Arms)

    2016

    Reverse

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

    Lettering:

    CAPE DWARF CHAMELEON (Around left)

    R1

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

    MD (initials, at the base of the tree branch; the artist is L Guerra)

    Edge

    Milled (no edge inscription)

    Mintage

     

    Mintage

    Proof Mintage

    2016

    n/a

    500

    Material
    Gold
    Denomination
    1/10 oz
    R1
    Shape
    Round
    Time
    2000s

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