The Common Obverse of the 2010 Natura coin series, depicts a mature Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) walking on the path "2010 South Africa". The Black Rhino appears to be walking into its uncertain future as a result of the resurgence of sophisticated poaching methods for rhino horns.
The reverse of the 1 oz Natura features a Black Rhino portrait in the shadow of itself. Artistically this refers to its uncertain future or alternatively its demise. The IUCN Red List which is also depicted shows the shocking dwindling statistics of the Black Rhino from 70,000 strong in 1970 to only 4,240 in 2010.
This prehistoric giant was named the Black Rhino to distinguish it from the White Rhino. Both names are misleading as the two species are not really distinguishable by their skin colour but rather by their mouth structures. The White Rhino has a "wide" mouth with which to eat grass, as opposed to the pointed lip of the leaf-eating Black Rhino.
The two horns on the skull are made of keratin and are the reason why rhinos are poached. High prices are paid for the horns which are used in traditional Eastern medicines, amongst other things.
It will be a sad day indeed should future generations on safari through Africa only be able to view these magnificent prehistoric animals on coins or in pictures, instead of in the wild!
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||MJ Scheepers|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||C Moses|
|Obverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Maximum Mintage:||1 500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2010||R12,700|
|Estimated market value: 2011||R17,700|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R18,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R18,500|