2007 Natura Quarter oz - The Eland

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The 2007 Natura quarter oz 24 carat gold coin featuring the Eland as the third animal in the Giants of Africa Series.

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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.

A mother and a calf grazing is depicted on the reverse of the quarter oz gold coin together with an example of San rock art, the word "Natura" and the denomination "R20". On the obverse, a portrait of an Eland is featured together with the words "South Africa" and the year "2007".

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.

    Mass: 7.777 grams
    Diameter: 22.00 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: 217
    Issue Price: R1,900
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R2,150
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R3,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R4,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R4,500

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2007 Natura Quarter oz - The Eland

2007 Natura Quarter oz - The Eland

The 2007 Natura quarter oz 24 carat gold coin featuring the Eland as the third animal in the Giants of Africa Series.

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