2005 Natura Launch set: The Hippopotamus

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The 2005 Natura  pure gold launch set featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

This launch set has a "MAPUNGUBWE" mintmark

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Hippos are gregarious animals, associating in herds of up to 4O individuals, consisting of an adult bull, a number of cows and their young. Young bulls are evicted from the herd upon reaching sexual maturity. Adult bulls are extremely territorial and one of the known ways used for demarcation of their territories is their characteristic way of defecating. They spray the faeces over a shrub or rock by the rapid flicking of their short tail.

Territorial fights amongst hippos, are vicious and very often fatal. Fights can go on for hours, each of the contenders trying to inflict deep gashes on their opponent with their razor sharp and enormous incisors. There are very few adult hippo bulls without scars. Lone bulls find refuge in their own pools from where they launch their attacks on a herd bull, in an attempt to take over his harem.

A territorial fight between two hippo bulls is depicted on the reverse side of this 1 oz gold coin together with the word "Natura" and the denomination "R100". On the obverse side a portrait of a hippo is featured together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2005".

The "MAPUNGUBWE" mintmark is visible on the launch set

    Mass: 31.107 grams
    Diameter: 32.69 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Die-sinker: MJ Scheepers
    Obverse Die-sinker: A Minnie
    Box Type: Wood
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Extras: "MAPUNGUBWE" mintmark
    Actual Mintage: 286
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R10,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R18,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R,18,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R18,000

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2005 Natura Launch set: The Hippopotamus

2005 Natura Launch set: The Hippopotamus

The 2005 Natura  pure gold launch set featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

This launch set has a "MAPUNGUBWE" mintmark

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