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".
The reverse of the R 100 (1 oz) Natura features an elephant on top of a frieze of elephant herd. 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.
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.
|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|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated Market Value: 2008||R10,800|
|Estimated Market Value: 2009||R12,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R17,000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R17,000|