In unison with nature, the South African Mint proudly introduced the 24 carat Natura series in 1994. The first animal of the "big five" featured in this series was the lion. Depicted on the 1995 Natura was the rhino and in 1996 the elephant. The fourth in this series is the buffalo.
The buffalo's appearance is solid and indestructible. They differ from domestic cattle with shorter legs and the huge blackish horns growing from a large, flattened, helmet-like plate covering and protecting the top of the head. Both sexes have horns.
Buffalo live mostly on grass and they like the lush, sweet growth in river valleys. In times of drought they will browse on leaves and twigs. The average lifespan of buffalo is 20 years.
They have one persistent enemy, the lion, which prey on cows and calves. However it is not unusual for lions to be killed, or severely injured, by the bulls when challenged.
The reverse of the 24 carat gold half ounce coin displays a herd of buffalos moving across the veld.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Artist:||S. Erasmus|
|Obverse Artist:||AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated Market Value: 2008||R3,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2009||R6,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R8,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R8,500|