The 2009 1oz pure gold Natura Launch Coin with a mintage of 500 depicts The White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) and the mintmark "Endangered Wildlife Trust" (EWT). The EWT was established in 1973. For 35 years this non-profit organisation has been dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa.
Despite the highly successful "Save the Rhino" projects in the past, alarming increase in the number of poaching incidences of both White and Black Rhinoceros have been reported in southern Africa in recent years! The EWT has initiated the "Strengthening the Security of the Rhino in South Africa" project to improve the protection of southern Africa’s rhinos.
This project helps with training workshops of management and anti-poaching personnel and facilitates communication, information sharing and networking between the relevant stakeholders. It also manages a national database for monitoring the status of the rhino population.
In support of this project the South African Mint Company has created a pure gold ½oz medallion which pays tribute to the EWT. The obverse features the emblem of the EWT and a collection of threatened species*, whilst the reverse depicts a White Rhino. Part of the proceeds earned on this medallion will be donated to the "Strengthening the Security of the Rhino in South Africa" project.
On the R100 Natura coin the silhouette of the rhino represents bygone days when vast numbers of rhinos inhabited the African continent. The South African Mint Company contributes towards this project to ensure that the Rhinoceros survives in southern Africa for future generations.
*A note to the numismatists. The obverse of the medallion does not depict any die-sinkers’ initials as each animal was modeled by a different die-sinker.MD Maloka, A Minnie, C Moses and MJ Scheepers took part in this team effort. The animals featured on the medallion form part of the emblems of various EWT working groups and projects.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9, Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||A Minnie, MD Maloka|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk, L Guerra|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||MJ Scheepers, Team of Die Sinkers*|
|Obverse Artist:||N van Niekerk, L Guerra|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Extras:||A sterling silver white rhino portrait (12 grams) modeled by Stephen Sutherland, containing a GHSI 0.015 carat diamond set in the rhino's eye.|