2008 Natura Half oz - The Elephant

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The 2008 Natura 24 carat half oz gold coin featuring one of the Giants of Africa - The Elephant.

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The African Elephant (Loxodonto africana) features on the 2008 pure gold Natura coin series as the last of the "Giants of Africa". This coin series began in 2005 depicting "The Hippopotamus" as the first African giant. The second giant was "The Giraffe" in 2006 and the third in 2007 was "The Eland".

Elephants consume about 5% of their body weight and drink 30-50 gallons of water per day. They eat an extremely varied vegetarian diet including grass, leaves, twigs, bark, fruit and seed pods. On the obverse a portrait of a matriarch is depicted together with a silhouetted family group. Elephant herds consist of related females with their dependent offspring. The welfare of these family groups depends on the experienced leadership of the matriarch.

The reverse of the R50 (1/2 oz) Natura features a family of elephants on top of a frieze of elephant herd. The obverse of the half oz Natura features a left three quarter view of elephants on top of a frieze of elephant herd.

Throughout the world the elephant is a symbol of strength, power and wisdom, as well as kingship and loyalty. These  intelligent animals are venerated by many people as they exhibit characteristics which we as humans can identify with.

    Mass: 15.553 grams
    Diameter: 27.00 mm
    Metal Content: Au 999.9
    Reverse Die-sinker: A Minnie
    Reverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Obverse Die-sinker: C Moses
    Obverse Artist: N van Niekerk
    Box Type: Leatherette
    Purity: 24 carat Gold
    Maximum Mintage: 1500
    Actual Mintage: 363
    Issue Price: R5,400
    Estimated Market Value: 2008 R5,400
    Estimated Market Value: 2009 R5,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2013 R8,500
    Estimated Market Value: 2014 R8,500

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2008 Natura Half oz - The Elephant

2008 Natura Half oz - The Elephant

The 2008 Natura 24 carat half oz gold coin featuring one of the Giants of Africa - The Elephant.

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