The 2011 Natura coin series features "Nature's Families" and depicts the popular Meerkat Family. The common obverse of this series shows part of a family in their typical watchful stance, stretched high on their back legs to observe all and sundry.
Meerkats are a type of Mongoose. The name "Meerkat" is the Afrikaans version of the English name, Marsh Cat. However, Meerkats do not live near marshes and they are not cats! They are found in the southern part of Africa which is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Their scientific name is Suricata suricatta.
The reverse of the 1/10th oz Natura portrays a Meerkat in an old tree searching for termites and larvae.
Meerkats forage for food with their tails in an upright position enabling them to easily identify their fellow gang members whilst continuously communicating to warn each other of possible dangers in the area. A typical Meerkat diet consists of worms, crickets, grasshoppers, small rodents, lizards, small snakes, birds, eggs, fruit and ant larvae. Meerkats also love to eat poisonous scorpions and appear to be resistant to many deadly types of venom.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||VL Chipa|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||MJ Scheepers|
|Obverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Estimated market value: 2011||R1,550|
|Estimated Market Value: 2012||R1,980|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R2,000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R2,000|