1oz South Africa, Natura Euparkeria, 2019, Silver, Obverse
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1 oz South Africa, 2019, Silver, Natura - Euparkeria

In 2019, the SA Mint expanded the popular Natura series of coins, for the first time producing a silver Natura coin, in addition to the traditional gold issues.

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1oz South Africa, Natura Euparkeria, 2019, Silver - A R25 fine-silver Natura is issued for the first time in Silver in 2019, sharing a design with the smallest gold Natura coin in the series, the R5 1/20oz 24ct gold coin. Although dated 2019, this coin belongs to the 2018 Archosaur series. Depicted on the reverse is the Archosauriform together with its scientific name ‘Euparkeria’, the word ‘Natura’, the denomination, the mass and metal value of the coin.

Euparkerias dominated the landscape of Southern Africa more than 200 million years ago during the Triassic Period. The species is believed to have arisen during either the Permian or Triassic Period of life on Earth, but the consensus from the fossil record is that this broad species increased its distribution during the Triassic Period.

The specific member of the Euparkeria species featured in this design is the Euparkeria capensis. A reptile, the creature lived about 235 million years ago during the Middle Triassic Period and when you look at it, you can see the elements of both its living representatives. Birds and crocodilians are related to this creature and you can see it in the bird-like figure and reptilian features of the beast.

Coin Specifications:

Country

South Africa

Year

2019

Value

1 Oz Fine Silver, 25 Rand

Metal

Fine Silver Ag .999 

Weight

31.107gm

Diameter

38,725mm 

Thickness

2.84 mm

Obverse Design

F Durand

Reverse Design

RC Stone

Shape

Round

Last issue of series

Obverse

The massive fossilized skull of a dinosaur. Depicted in right-profile relief, the creature's skull is depicted with the official name of the coin series as Rise of the Dinosaurs, with a date mark in Roman numerals rather than Arabic numerals.

Lettering:  

RISE OF THE DINOSAURS

SOUTH AFRICA

MMXIX

ARCHOSAURIA

Reverse

Bears the image of a Euparkeria capensis chasing down its meal. The beast lunges upward from its powerful hind legs to try and snatch its meal with its powerful jaws and sharp teeth.

Lettering:

25 RAND

NATURA

EUPARKERIA

1OZ Ag999 (Center Bottom)

Edge

Reeded/Grained

 

Mintage

Proof Mintage

2019

50,000

15,000

Material
Silver
Denomination
1 oz
Shape
Round
Time
2000s
Object
Dinosaur