R1, South Africa, 2016, Gold - Chameleon
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.
Gold R1, 1/10th Oz Fine
Gold .999 (24 Carat Gold)
3.110gm(1/10 oz fine)
Arthur L. Sutherland(ALS)
MD Mothobela (MD)
COA of South Africa
ALS (initials on the left of the Coat of Arms)
Depicts a Cape dwarf chameleon(Bradypodion pumilum) clinging to a tree branch.
CAPE DWARF CHAMELEON (Around left)
1/10oz Au999.9 (around the right)
MD (initials, at the base of the tree branch; the artist is L Guerra)
Milled (no edge inscription)
- 1/10 oz