Coins In Natura Big Five Gold Proof Set
- 1994 Lion 1oz Gold Proof (Pretoria Zoo 'PTA Zoo' mintmark)
- 1995 Rhino 1oz Gold Proof ('Hluhluwe' mintmark)
- 1996 Elephant 1oz Gold Proof ('Mandleve' and Coin World 'CW' mintmark)
- 1997 Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof ('SS' Sabi Sabi mintmark)
- 1998 Leopard 1oz Gold Proof (Londo Lozi 'L' mintmark)
Each coin is struck in 31.10 grams of 24-carat gold with a fine, proof finish. Diameters: 32.69 millimetres. Actual gold weight of the coins in the set: five troy ounces or 155.52 grams.
Five gold proof coins in individual capsules inside a bespoke wooden case. Numbered certificates of authenticity from the SA Mint present for all coins excepting the 1994 Lion.
What Are South African Naturas?
The Natura collection from the South African Mint that celebrates South Africa's rich wildlife and natural history. Introduced in 1994, these coins feature designs from top SA coin artists on both obverse and reverse, featuring lions, leopards, lynx, elephants, rhinos, cheetah, buffalo and more. They're available individually and in presentation sets, both in very limited numbers
The series was the first from the SA Mint to be struck in 24-carat (99.99%) fine gold. The famous Krugerrand, by contrast, is composed of 22-carat gold. These proof coins have been offered in four different sizes: 1oz, 1/2oz. 1/4oz and 1/10oz. 999 silver Naturas were introduced in 2019.
In recent years the Natura range has expanded to take in extinct animals with a palaeontology-themed collection featuring dinosaurs and our ancient hominid ancestors, attracting a new audience of collectors to this exciting series.
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