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2002 South Africa Natura Cheetah Half Ounce Gold Proof Coin

2002 South Africa Natura Cheetah Half Ounce Gold Proof Boxed
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24 carat gold 1/2oz South African Natura proof coin from a limited edition presentation of just 1,500 pieces. This coin is part of a series celebrating the amazing wildlife of South Africa. Coins in this collection were also available in 1oz, 1/4oz and 1/4 oz sizes. Its obverse features the head of a cheetah with two cheetahs running below. The lettering to the bottom of the design reads ‘SOUTH AFRICA’ and ‘2002’. The artist behind this die sinker is A L Sutherland and their initials can be found beneath the cheetah’s chin. The reverse shows a cheetah in the act of hunting an antelope while another cheetah runs east below. The text, styled to give a sense of speed, reads ‘R50’ (above) with ’NATURA’ below. The die sinker here is N van Niekerk. Both designs are by the artist J Steyn. On the edge of the reverse the composition and weight are listed: ‘1/2 Oz Au 999.9’. This coin is struck in 15.55 grams of 24 carat gold and has a diameter of 27.00 millimetres. The edge is milled and the coin boasts a flawless proof finish, carefully protected by its original capsule. It boasts a proof finish and comes from a maximum mintage of 1,500. The coin comes in its original green SA Mint presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Cheetah head with 'SOUTH AFRICA' and '2002' below with running cheetahs. Die sinker: A L Sutherland, artist: N van Niekerk.


Cheetah hunting an antelope. '1/2 Oz Au 999.9' to edge. ‘R50’ above motif and 'NATURA' below. Dies sinker: J Steyn, artist: N van Niekerk.


Proof coin. Struck in 15.55 grams of 24 carat gold. Diameter: 27 millimetres.


From a limited mintage of 1,500 pieces. This coin comes in its original protective capsule inside a green SA Mint box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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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