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.
|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|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated Market Value: 2010||R3,350|
|Estimated market value: 2011||R4,600|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R4,750|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R4,750|