2019 South Africa Big Five Lion 2-Coin Silver Proof Set
The South African Mint is very pleased to announce the second release of this 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. The new 2019 South Africa Big Five Lion 2-Coin Silver Proof Set is a powerful example!
As part of the series, the mint is also issuing an ultra-limited double-coin Proof set for each release. Spotlighting the strikingly intriguing obverse design of the BU release, this 2019 South Africa Big Five Lion 2-Coin Silver Proof Set edition takes it to an entirely new level! But first, let’s consider the overall series.
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.
Stunning Double-Coin Proof Set ‑ Intriguing Design
Both coins in the 2-coin African Lion Silver Proof set are required in order to achieve the intended visual effect. Each contributes what is necessary to display the entire remarkable scene. And just to make sure the effect is not lost, a unique double-capsule has been produced to present them as designed.
The obverse features an extreme close-up, front-facing view of the partial head images 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 the presentation of the two coins side by side in the double-capsule. The resulting effect produced is an image of a third lion’s full head appearing 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 “FIVE RAND Ag 999.”
The reverse image of this 2019 South Africa Big Five Lion 2-Coin Silver Proof Set displays the two coins in the double-capsule. The image is 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. However, what draws you in 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 South African Big Five series design has been extremely well-received by the global precious metals community. This highly-collectible second edition Proof Set is certain to move quickly! As with the first two releases, there is an ultra-limited mintage of only 1,000 for worldwide distribution. The 2-coin set comes in special double-capsule and is presented in a very handsome, illustrated wooden display box with Certificate of Authentication. You should not delay on this one!
- 2019 South Africa Big Five Lion 2-Coin Silver Proof Set.
<li/li>Second proof set edition release in the South Africa Big Five series.
- Ultra-limited mintage of only 1,000 sets!
- Two-coin set comes encased in a special double-capsule, presented in wooden display box (COA included).
- Contains a total of 2 oz .999 fine silver.
- Face value of 5 rand.
- Obverse: Features a unique design that uses the partial head images of two lions, as presented side by side in their double-capsule, to produce a visual image of a third lion’s full head in the center between the two. A small circular inset centered in the field displays “1 oz” and is surrounded by a narrow rim-band, which includes the inscriptions “FIVE RAND Ag 999.”
- Reverse: Presents a striking, finely-detailed close-up of the two coins, each featuring the head of this magnificent South African 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.”
- Issued by the South African Mint.