2005 Natura Quarter oz - The Hippopotamus

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The 2005 Natura 1/4oz pure gold coin featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

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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 mother and a baby grazing are depicted on the reverse side of this 1/4 oz gold coin together with the word "Natura" and the denomination "R20". On the obverse side a portrait of a hippo is featured together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2005".

    Mass: 7.777 grams
    Diameter: 22.00 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Obverse Die-sinker: A Minnie
    Obverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Box Type: Leatherette
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Maximum Mintage: 3000
    Actual Mintage: 1958
    Issue Price: R1,150
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R2,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R3,750
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R4,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R4,500

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2005 Natura Quarter oz - The Hippopotamus

2005 Natura Quarter oz - The Hippopotamus

The 2005 Natura 1/4oz pure gold coin featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

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