Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena

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. A new theme in the series, Nocturnal hunters, was introduced in 2014. The first predator to feature on the coins was the leopard, followed by the black-backed jackal in 2015. The year 2016 saw the final addition to this theme: the spotted (or laughing) hyena (Crocuta crocuta).

The hyena has an extensive vocal range: whoops, fast whoops, grunts, groans, lows, giggles, yells, growls, soft grunt-laughs, whines and soft squeals. Its loud "who-oop" call and its unusual laughter are one of the most recognisable sounds of the African bush at night. The pitch of the laugh indicates the hyena’s age, while variations in the frequency of notes convey information about its social rank. Hyenas can run at speeds of up to 60 km/h and have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. The female is larger than the male and dominates the pack. There is a very strong hierarchy, especially when they are feeding.

Unlike other coins featuring wildlife - which normally have an animal on the reverse only - the coins of this series have a common obverse which also features a hyena. The reverses a different, and each of the four pure-gold coins depicts a different aspect of the hyena’s behaviour.

The R50 (1/2 oz) coin depicts a pack of hyenas out on a hunt. The spotted hyena hunts in small packs, seeking out weaker members in a herd of antelope. Once the prey has been selected, the pack separates it from the herd and chases it down over long distances.

All coins of the series were designed and engraved by MJ Scheepers.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena - obverse photo

The common obverse of the 2016 Natura series features a "laughing" spotted. 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 2016
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena - reverse photo

The reverse of the R50 (1/2 oz) coin depicts a pack of hyenas out on a hunt. In the background, the silhouette of a walking hyena beneath a large moon, symbolising the nocturnal habits of the animal, below which in small letters are the initials of the designer and engraver (die-sinker) MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

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

Around below 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).

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

Individual mintage limited to 500. SA Mint ref. nr. G24-PC-NAH16, issue price R 16,250.

Issued in Set
2016 Natura Prestige Set, mintage unknown
4 coins: 1 oz Gold, 1/2 oz Gold, 1/4 oz Gold, 1/10 oz Gold
Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena: References to Information Used
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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 2016 Hyena: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
Issued2016
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 IDQRAP-OBNC-AKWG-OYJD
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Gold Half Ounce 2016 Hyena: Photos
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Natura - The Nocturnal Hunters : Spotted Hyena R50 (1/2 oz, 24ct gold)
Copyright: South African Mint
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Natura - The Nocturnal Hunters : Spotted Hyena R50 (1/2 oz, 24ct gold)
Copyright: South African Mint
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