2005 Natura Half - The Hippopotamus

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The 2005 Natura 1/2oz 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 Hippo's head with a wide open mouth just above the water is depicted on the reverse side of this half oz gold coin together with the word "Natura" and the denomination "R50". On the obverse side a portrait of a hippo is featured together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2005".

    Mass: 15.553 grams
    Diameter: 27.00 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Die-sinker: MJ Scheepers
    Reverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Obverse Die-sinker: A Minnie
    Obverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Box Type: Leatherette
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Maximum Mintage: 1500
    Actual Mintage: 231
    Issue Price: R2,200
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R3,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R5,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R8,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R8,500

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2005 Natura Half - The Hippopotamus

2005 Natura Half - The Hippopotamus

The 2005 Natura 1/2oz pure gold coin featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

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