Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion

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 one-ounce (1 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 Kruggerands retained their specifications (22-carat gold) while other coins issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the Krugerrand though, they contain exactly one ounce of pure gold or 1oz Absolute Gold Weight (1.000 oz AGW).

This is the second coin of the Big Five series by the South African Mint, which celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five animals on legal tender coins.

The coins in the series are issued every 6 months, starting with the Elephant and the Lion in 2019. The male lion symbolises royalty and strength in some African cultures, while the lioness represents femininity and motherhood.

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.

For the creation of this coin, the South African Mint credits: Paul Botes (die-sinker), JA Geldenhuys (artist) and RC Stone (designer).

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage600
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion - obverse photo

Most of the surface area of the obverse is taken by the close-up image of a male lion's head with the fine detail of its mane filling the interior of the coin

Below, surrounded by two curved ornaments reminiscent of ivory tusks, the legend SOUTH AFRICA is separated from the inscription BIG FIVE 2019 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the lion coin bears an inspired design of two halves of a lion’s face, side-by-side. This is done so that when two of the coins are placed next to each other, a complete image of the face of a lion is seen (as seen in the double-capsule proof set). When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a pride of lions can be seen.

In a small circle at centre, the mass of the coin 1 OZ is surrounded by its face value FIFTY RAND above and the composition Au 999.9 below (Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

Reverse Inscription FIFTY RAND 1 OZ Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin is issued in Proof grade only. Mintage limited to 500 individually boxed coins (issue price R 33,995) plus 100 in a set with a Krugerrand with a Lion privy mark; all sold out.

Issued in Set
Big 5 Lion and Krugerrand Proof Set - Gold, mintage 100
2 coins: 1 oz Gold Lion, 1 oz Gold Krugerrand
See also

The design was issued in three formats: one ounce platinum, one ounce gold and one ounce silver.

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All (72) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Ounce 1967 Krugerrand 50,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1968 Krugerrand 30,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1969 Krugerrand 30,000 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1970 Krugerrand 221,018 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1971 Krugerrand 556,200 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1972 Krugerrand 550,325 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1973 Krugerrand 869,300 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1974 Krugerrand 3,209,352 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1975 Krugerrand 4,809,525 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1976 Krugerrand 3,011,545 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1977 Krugerrand 3,339,844 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1978 Krugerrand 6,022,293 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1979 Krugerrand 4,952,555 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 3,061,396 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 3,198,727 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 2,685,466 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 3,368,161 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 2,069,689 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1985 Parliament 3,019 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA · 1985
Gold Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 874,995 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 21,040 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 111,150 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 619,747 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 199,389 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 394,425 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 285,365 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 3,870 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 166,303 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 131,291 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 60,308 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 12,062 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 1,765 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 8,276 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 19,838 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 41,136 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 17,015 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 23,531 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 52,061 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 79,253 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 22,954 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 56,547 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 318,319 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 245,163 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 750,959 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 530,930 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Mandela - Justice unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2017 OR Tambo Centenary unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Mandela - Freedom Struggle unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Springbok 1,800 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 1,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Ounce 2018 Nelson Mandela Centenary 400 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2019 Australopithecus Africanus 950 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Ounce 2019 Constitutional Court 450 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Nelson Mandela 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Elephant 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Gold Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 600 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
Gold Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2019
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintage600
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-VNNA-ENZB
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R50 Big 5 Lion 1oz Gold Proof 2019
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R50 Big 5 Lion 1oz Gold Proof 2019
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