2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Lion 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 Lion 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 African Lion ‑ Intriguing Design
The obverse image of this 2019 1 oz Platinum Proof South Africa Big Five Lion shows a close-up of this magnificent creature, with full focus upon its massive head and mane. Every nuance of this amazing animal is shown in meticulous detail. What strikes you first is just how large the lion's head is depicted on the coin, filling the entire field.
What draws you in, though, is its face; full of a fearless nobility! Its eyes remain focused some distance away. It is a striking pose that clearly displays the lion's alert readiness. The 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. There could hardly be a more appropriate presentation of this majestic creature for this South Africa Big Five series.
The reverse features an extreme close-up, front-facing view of the heads of two lions positioned very closely together. This is a remarkable design, displaying with incredibly fine detail the fierce beauty of this large African lion.
The most intriguing aspect of this striking design is that when two of the coins lay side by side, the image of a third lion's full head appears between the two, visually 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. A small circular inset centered in the field displays "1 oz" and is surrounded by a narrow rim-band, which includes the inscriptions "TWENTY RAND Pt 999.5."
- 2019 1 oz South Africa Big Five Lion 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: Presents a striking, finely-detailed close-up presentation of the lion. The South African coat of arms is displayed in a circular inset at the bottom rim. Inscriptions within the rim-band include "SOUTH AFRICA . BIG FIVE . 2019."
- Reverse: Features a unique design that by placing two coins side by side, the partial head images of two lions visually produce the image of a third lion's full head in the center between the two coins. A small circular inset centered in the field displays "1 oz" and is surrounded by a narrow band, which includes the inscriptions "TWENTY RAND Pt 999.5."
- Issued by the South African Mint.