Obverse. Photo © South African Mint
  • 5 Rand 2020, South Africa, Big Five, Rhinoceros
  • 5 Rand 2020, South Africa, Big Five, Rhinoceros
Description

The South African Mint celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five in this new series of fine-silver brilliant uncirculated legal tender coins.

The coins are issued every 6 months, starting with the Elephant and the Lion in 2019. The Rhino is the third of the ferocious 5 to be featured in this series. Rhinoceroses are easily recognised by their prehistoric features such as armour-like bodies and the horns on their foreheads.

Rhinos, unfortunately, face a dire threat from poaching and rank among the most endangered species on earth. Their horns are made up of the highly sought after keratin, which is used for its supposed medicinal purposes.

The “Big Five” term originated when big game hunters visited the shores of Africa to shoot for trophies, and locals warned them about the five most dangerous animals in Africa: the Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo.


Artist: J.A. Geldenhuys
Designer: R.C. Stone
Engraver: P. Botes

Obverse

Depicts the design of the African Rhino, which fills up much of the surface area of the coin. The words ‘South Africa’, ‘Big 5 2020’ appear below the image, with South Africa’s national coat-of-arms in the centre.

The Coat of Arms has many elements organized into two oval groups, one on top of the other. Together the two ovals create a symbol of infinity.

SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020

Reverse

Depicts two halves of the rhino’s face, detailing its eye, ears and horn, with denomination, weight and finesse in a circle in the middle. This ingenious design allows for a complete close-up of a rhino to be seen only when two of the coins are placed next to each other (as seen in the double-capsule proof set). When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a herd is formed.

FIVE RAND
1oz
Ag999

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 38.725 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
South African Mint (SA Mint)

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