Limited Edition: 700 - Prestige Sets
A more holistic approach to conservation has developed to ensure the continued existence of South Africa’s natural environment, its fauna and flora, while controlling the sustainable use of the country’s resources to the benefit of its people. The Peace Parks of southern Africa,which featured on the sterling silver coin series from 2007 to 2012,are a prime example of modern conservation. A new conservation theme, South Africa’s Marine Protected Areas, begins in 2013.
The South African Government has established a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The MPA network was created to conserve South Africa’s offshore biodiversity and to ensure the sustainable use of its offshore marine resources.
The iSimangaliso MPA represented on the 2013 coins contains two adjoining MPAs: namely the St Lucia MPA first proclaimed in 1979 and the Maputaland MPA proclaimed in 1986. Both were proclaimed in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act, 1998 (Act No. 18 of 1998) in December 2000 andare protected under the World Heritage Convention Act. The iSimangaliso MPA extends from the Mozambique border to Cape St Lucia along the Kwazulu-Natal coastline to the east of South Africa. This magnificent area lies largely within the Delagoa Bioregion.
The iSimangaliso MPA is important for the protection of some of the southernmost coral reefs in the world. Covered with hard and soft coral, they support a great variety of marine species. The coral reef is portrayed on the 50c (2 oz) coin with the fantastic, yet beautiful Common Lionfish or Devil Firefish (Pterois miles) as the central design element. The beaches of the iSimangaliso MPA are an important nesting area for loggerhead and leatherback turtles. The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is featured on the 20c (1 oz) coin. The 10c (1/2 oz) coin features the Coelacanth, which was thought to be extinct until Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer rediscovered a specimen (Latimeria chalumnae) among a fishing trawler’s catch in 1938. The deep Jesser Canyon, which lies within the iSimangaliso MPA, is home to this “living fossil”. The small Twobar Clownfish (Amphiprion allardi) nestled safely in its anemone home is depicted on the 5c (1/4 oz) coin.
The four coins symbolise this extraordinary ecosystem, its unique and varied habitat, flora and fauna.
| ||50c (2oz) Sterling Silver ||20c (1 oz) Sterling Silver ||10c (1/2 oz) Sterling Silver ||5c(1/2oz) Sterling Silver |
|Mass ||76.252 gram ||33.626 gram ||16.813 gram ||8.406 gram |
|Diameter ||50.00 mm ||38.725 mm ||32.70 mm ||27.00 mm |
|Metal Content ||Ag 925 Cu 75 ||Ag 925 Cu 75 ||Ag 925 Cu 75 ||Ag 925 Cu 75 |
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Each set issued has an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity.