2005 Natura Tenth oz - The Hippopotamus

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The 2005 Natura 1/10oz 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 entering into the water is depicted on the reverse side of this 1/10 oz gold coin together with the word "Natura" and the denomination "R10". On the obverse,a three quarter view of a Hippo's head and body partially in water is featured together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2005".

    Mass: 3.110 grams
    Diameter: 16.50 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Die-sinker: A Minnie
    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: 953
    Issue Price: R550
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R1,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R2,000
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R2,250
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R2,500

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2005 Natura Tenth oz - The Hippopotamus

2005 Natura Tenth oz - The Hippopotamus

The 2005 Natura 1/10oz pure gold coin featuring the Hippopotamus as the first in the Giants of Africa series.

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