2010 Natura Quarter oz - The Black Rhino

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The IUCN Red Listed and critically endangered Black Rhino is featured on this 24 carat gold quarter 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 1/4 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.

The Black Rhino has a reputation for being extremely aggressive and attack out of fear, confusion, and panic. A bull will sometimes display an aggressive ritual towards a potential rival by smelling, spraying repeatedly, scraping and trampling and bashing his head into bushes. Black rhinos will charge if they sense a threat, which occurs frequently due to their very poor eyesight. Black Rhinos will fight each other and they have the highest rates of mortal combat recorded for any mammal.

Adult Black Rhinos have no natural predators however after surviving for thousands of years they now stand on the brink of extinction because of man's power and greed.

    Mass: 7.777 grams
    Diameter: 22.00 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Die-sinker: VL Chipa
    Reverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Obverse Die-sinker: C Moses
    Obverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Box Type: Leatherette
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Maximum Mintage: 3000
    Actual Mintage: 341
    Issue Price: 3,350
    Estimated Market Value: 2010 R3,350
    Estimated market value: 2011 R4,600
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R4,750
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R4,750

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2010 Natura Quarter oz - The Black Rhino

2010 Natura Quarter oz - The Black Rhino

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

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