The South African Mint released the Big Five coin program in 2019, making it one of the only other coin series apart from the popular Krugerrand. Since its launch, the series has quickly grown in popularity, making it sought after by investors and collectors alike. The program pays homage to South African wildlife, with coins featuring the elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino, and leopard. Along with the gold series, there are also versions of the Big Five program in silver and platinum.
Each 1 oz South African Gold Big Five Elephant Coin will arrive in individual plastic flips or tubes of 10 coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Struck by the South African Mint, every coin is guaranteed to contain 1 troy oz of .9999 pure gold. The 1 oz coin also has a face value of 50 rand, however, its intrinsic metal value is higher.
Habitat loss along with poaching for their ivory tusks has significantly reduced the population of African Elephants. This coin serves as a tribute to those who keep elephants and other wildlife safe and a reminder of the importance of conservation.
The obverse face contains an artistic representation of the majestic African Elephant, the largest land mammal on earth. The elephant can be seen in full frontal view, showing off its impressive tusks. Also included on the obverse is the South African coat of arms.
The reverse contains two halves of the elephant’s face with a mirrored design. This was designed in this particular way so that when you have two coins side-by-side, the faces will combine to create a whole elephant. The more coins you own, the larger your “herd” becomes. The center of the reverse contains the specifications of the coin.
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