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.
|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|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated Market Value: 2008||R2,150|
|Estimated Market Value: 2009||R3,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R4,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R4,500|