2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Elephant Platinum Proof
The South African Mint is very pleased to announce this platinum proof edition of the remarkable 5-coin series, featuring five of the most widely known African animals. The Big Five series will ultimately feature an elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and a buffalo. This highly unique series is absolutely a must-have for fine bullion collectors. This 2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Elephant Platinum Proof is a powerful example!
The Big Five
Originally, Big Five was associated with the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. The term is now used to describe the five African animals that are considered must-see, each magnificently impressive. Tourists fortunate enough to view them in their natural habitat report that it is one of their most exciting memories. Sadly, these five animals are endangered. However, it is hoped that this series of bullion coins will help bring greater attention to their plight.
Currently, nature reserves are being set up all over Africa, providing these animals a safe habitat in which to live and thrive. Hopefully, through these and other efforts, generations to come will continue to enjoy the ability to observe and appreciate these animals in their natural habitat.
Majestic Creature ‑ Intriguing Design
The obverse image of this 2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Elephant Platinum Proof shows a close-up perspective of an elephant, giving prominence to its massive head and trunk, with its mighty tusks curved downward. Every aspect of this amazing animal is shown in meticulous detail. The elephant's ears are flared, with its eyes focused straight ahead. (Interestingly, the elephant seems to be looking at the observer no matter at which angle the coin is held.)
The very distinctive South African coat of arms is displayed in a circular inset at the bottom rim. Also, a highly-stylistic, flared rim-band includes the inscriptions "SOUTH AFRICA" to the left of the coat of arms, and "BIG FIVE 2019." to the right.
The reverse features an extreme close-up, front-facing view of the heads of two elephants standing closely together. The elephant on the right stands more prominently in the scene displaying the right half of his head, his large ear partially concealing the left elephant. This is both an unusual and highly remarkable design. It reveals not only the massive size of the animals, but also provides insight into their closeness within their family units. A small circular inset containing "1 oz" is centered in the field, and surrounded by a narrow, rimmed-band, which includes the inscriptions "TWENTY RAND Pt 999.5."
The most intriguing aspect of this striking design is that when two of the coins lay side by side, a third elephant's complete head appears between them, made up of the two half-images displayed on the two coins. This is truly one of the most uniquely interesting coin designs we've seen in quite some time.
- 2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Elephant Platinum Proof.
- Extremely limited mintage of only 500!
- Individual coins come in attractive wooden box with certificate of authenticity.
- Contains 1 oz 999.5 fine platinum.
- Face value of Twenty Rand.
- Obverse: Close‑up of the elephant with its ears flared and trunk and tusks being the dominant features.
- Reverse: Unique design that uses the partial head images of two elephants to produce a third elephant's full head when two coins are placed side by side.
- Issued by the South African Mint.