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 1/2 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 is depicted showing the shocking dwindling statistics of the Black Rhino from 70,000 strong in 1970 to only 4,240 in 2010. High prices are paid for the rhino horns which are used in traditional Eastern medicines, amongst other things.
Adult rhinos are solitary in nature, coming together only for mating. Courtship behaviours before mating include snorting and sparring with the horns among males. Breeding pairs stay together for 2-3 days and sometimes even weeks. The gestation period is 15 to 16 months. The single calf weighs about 35-50 kg at birth, and can follow its mother around after just three days. Weaning occurs at around 2 years of age and the mother and calf stay together for 2-3 years until the next calf is born.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||MD Maloka|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||C Moses|
|Obverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated Market Value: 2010||R6,410|
|Estimated market value: 2011||R8,910|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R9,000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R9,000|