The Palaeontological series started in 1997 when the discovery of "Mrs Ples" was commemorated. The living fossil the Coelacanth, appeared on the 1998 coin and a Thrinaxodon fossil, as an example of a mammal-reptile from the Karoo, was issued in 1999. The discovery of "little Foot" a more recent palaeontological find, was portrayed on the 2000 coin.
The theme for the 5th coin in this exciting series is the Gondwana drìft. The coin shows the start of the continental drift of Gondwana, the pre-historic land mass approximately 200 million years ago. It is from this ancient mass of land thatAfrica drifted to become a continent on its own. A primitive archosaur, Euparkeria, that lived on the African continent at the same time that the continental drift took place, appears on the coin.
The 2001 Palaeontological R2 pure gold coin once again highlights the mystery and fascination of time and evolution.
|Metal Content:||Au 999.9|
|Reverse Die-sinker:||MJ Scheepers|
|Reverse Artist:||N van Niekerk|
|Obverse Die-sinker:||AL Sutherland|
|Purity:||24 carat Gold|
|Maximum Mintage:||1 000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2008||R2,000|
|Estimated Market Value: 2009||R4,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2013||R4,500|
|Estimated Market Value: 2014||R4,500|