2010 Natura Half oz - The Black Rhino

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The IUCN Red Listed and critically endangered Black Rhino is featured on this 24 carat gold half ounce coin which forms part of the Safari through Africa series from the SA Mint.

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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.

    Mass: 15.553 grams
    Diameter: 27.00 mm
    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
    Box Type: Leatherette
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Maximum Mintage: 1500
    Actual Mintage: 1434
    Issue Price: R6,410
    Estimated Market Value: 2010 R6,410
    Estimated market value: 2011 R8,910
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R9,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R9,000

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2010 Natura Half oz - The Black Rhino

2010 Natura Half oz - The Black Rhino

The IUCN Red Listed and critically endangered Black Rhino is featured on this 24 carat gold half ounce coin which forms part of the Safari through Africa series from the SA Mint.

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