The Eland (Taurotragus oryx) is a browser, utilising a wide diversity of plant species. It can exist for long periods without open water, but is then reliant on fruits like the tsamma melon and the Gemsbok cucumber, to meet its water requirements.
Depictions of Eland are common in San or Bushman rock paintings throughout South Africa. Ancient rock art sheds light on the trance experiences of Bushman shamans (medicine men). When shamans painted an Eland, they did not just pay homage to a sacred animal; they also harnessed its essence. Their rock paintings showed how hunters gained power from the animals that they killed. To the Bushmen the Eland was not just an important source of nourishment, they believed it had supernatural potency.
The 2007 Eland launch set has the "Eland SASI" mintmark.
The Launch set consists of 4 gold coins: 1 oz(R100); 1/2 oz(R50); 1/4(R20);and a 1/10 oz(R10). The common obverse between these gold coins is a left three quarter view of an Eland's head and neck together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2007". A grazing Eland is depicted on the reverse of the 1 oz gold coin together with an example of San rock art, the word "Natura" and the denomination "R100". The reverse of the 1/2 oz depicts three running Elands with an example of San rock art and the word "Natura" and the denomination "R50". The reverse of the quarter ounce depict a mother and a calf grazing, with the word "Natura" and the denomination "R20". The reverse of the 1/10 oz depictsan Eland drinking water,the word "Natura" and the denomination "R10".
|Mass:||31.107 g, 15.553 g, 7.777 g, 3.110 g|
|Diameter:||32.69mm, 27.00mm, 22.00mm, 16.50mm|
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||C. Moses; MJ Scheepers; A. Minnie|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||A Minnie|
|Obverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Extras:||"R100 SASI" mintmark|