2002 South Africa Natura Cheetah Half Ounce Gold Proof Coin
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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