Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal

South Africa pioneered modern bullion coinage when it first issued the Krugerrand on 3 July 1967 to help market South African gold; it is the first modern bullion coin and is still issued today.

Gradually, the South African Mint started diversifying the range, first by issuing fractional Krugerrands, then by introducing different designs to the gold half-ounce (1/2 oz) format. These include the Protea series, the Natura series, as well as one-year types that do not fall into a particular series. The half-Krugerrands retain their specifications (22-carat gold) while the other coin series issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the half-Krugerrand though, they contain exactly half ounce of pure gold or 1/2 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.500 oz AGW).

This coin is part of the Natura series by the South African Mint. This pure-gold coin series was launched in 1994 and has become one of the SA Mint’s most sought-after coin collections, winning many international awards. A new theme within the series, Nocturnal Hunters, was introduced in 2014; the first predator to feature on the coins was the leopard. In 2015, the black-backed jackal is depicted.

The fossil records of the black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) found in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania date back two million years. Today, this ancient form of canid has adapted to a wide range of habitats, from city suburbs to the desert. Its versatility has earned it a reputation of cunningness and superior intelligence.

Also referred to as the silver-back or red jackal, the black-backed jackal has a reddish-brown coat and a black-tipped bushy tail; the fur on its back is a striking blend of silver and black while the underparts are white. The dog-like head, pointed muzzle and upstanding pointed ears are a deep russet red.

On the R50 (1/2oz) coin, a jackal pair which has mated for life is featured. Both sides of the coin were designed by MJ Scheepers.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal - obverse photo

The common obverse of the 2015 Natura series features the portrait of a black-backed jackal. The moon, which represents the nocturnal habits of this carnivore, is repeated on each coin, visually linking the four coins.

Above, the legend SOUTH AFRICA; vertically to the right, the date of issue 2016.

Below right in small letters, the initials of the designer and engraver (die-sinker) MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal - reverse photo

The reverse of the R50 (1/2 oz) fine-gold coin shows a couple of jackals (Canis mesomelas); in the background, the silhouette of a jackal howling at a large moon, symbolising the nocturnal habits of the animal.

Vertically left, the name of the coin series NATURA; below, the face value and denomination R 50 (Fifty Rand).

Around above right, the metal content: 1/2 oz Au 999.9. Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Below right in small letters, the initials of the engraver (die-sinker) PB (for Paul Botes); the designer is MJ Scheepers.

Reverse Inscription NATURA R 50 1/2 oz Au 999.9
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Notes

Individual mintage limited to 1,000. SA Mint Part-No: G24-PC-NAH15, issue price R 16,250.

Issued in Set
2015 Natura Prestige Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 1 oz Gold, 1/2 oz Gold, 1/4 oz Gold, 1/10 oz Gold
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All (47) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Half Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 374,373 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 178,014 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 429,390 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 60,405 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 186,660 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 103,634 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 8,613 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 5,389 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 8,542 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 8,707 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 2,850 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 3,459 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,501 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 13,239 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 18,056 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 11,429 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 5,099 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 12,628 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 1,303 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 25,885 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 30,757 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 13,641 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 2,295 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 14,158 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 3,288 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 6,198 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 14,257 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 15,623 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 14,653 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 45,131 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 22,880 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Half Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Springbok 1,800 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Half Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 1,800 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Paranthropus Robustus 750 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Half Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Half Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Half Ounce 2015 Jackal: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2015
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerMJ Scheepers
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)27
Mass (g)15.5530
OCC IDYRVP-OVRC-NJGL-ODQG
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2015 S. Africa 1/2 oz Gold Natura Nocturnal Hunters (Jackal)
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2015 S. Africa 1/2 oz Gold Natura Nocturnal Hunters (Jackal)
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