Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant

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 quarter-ounce (1/4 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 quarter-Krugerrands retain their specifications (22-carat gold) while the other coin series issued after 1994 are 99.99% gold; just as the quarter-Krugerrand though, they contain exactly a quarter ounce of pure gold or 1/4 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.250 oz AGW).

This is the first design in the Big Five II 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 “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. The series started in 2019 with the Elephant, with a new design issued every six months; its second edition started again with the Elephant in 2021. The gold-quarter ounce was introduced in this second iteration of the series (earlier issues only had one-ounce coins in different metals); in other words, this Elephant is the first gold quarter-ounce Big Five coin.

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 Mintage4,000
Obverse
South Africa / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant - obverse photo

Most of the surface area of the obverse is taken by a close-up front view of an African elephant, with its ears flared and trunk and tusks dominant.

Below, surrounded by two curved ornaments reminiscent of ivory tusks, the legend SOUTH AFRICA is separated from the inscription BIG FIVE 2021 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2021
Reverse
South Africa / Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant - reverse photo

The reverse of the elephant coin bears the ingenious design of two halves of an elephant’s face, side-by-side. The ear, tusk, eyes, and part of the nose of each of these halves are prominent in this design, which gives one complete face when two coins are placed next to each other. When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a herd is formed.

In a small circle at centre, the mass of the coin 1/4 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).

Near the lowest part of the rim, small letters PB represent the initials of the die-sinker (engraver) Paul Botes.

Reverse Inscription FIFTY RAND 1/4 OZ Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Gold content (troy oz): 0.250
Finish: proof.
Packaging: in wooden box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Date of issue: 15 September 2021.

See also

Coins in the Big Five series by the South African Mint include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Elephant, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Rhino, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Buffalo, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Rhino, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Buffalo, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Big Five - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Rhino, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Buffalo, 2021

Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant: Known varieties
Variety In sets
Mintage Issued: 2,000 (included in total)
Details

There are two identical coins in the double set, so mintage of 1,000 for the sets means 2,000 coins in them.

In Set 2021 Big 5 Elephant Gold Proof Set, mintage 1,000
2 coins: 1/4 oz Gold Elephant x2
All (56) coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 533,878 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 726,428 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 1,269,168 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 63,687 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 502,971 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 593,893 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 8,613 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 6,050 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 8,808 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 9,259 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 2,750 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 1,626 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,629 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 3,061 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 40,621 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 13,980 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 1,853 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 1,470 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 5,638 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 36,834 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 37,482 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 18,289 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 15,442 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 16,368 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 4,570 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 5,871 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 12,846 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 10,884 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 18,616 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 45,716 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 40,883 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Jackal unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 KBR - Mountains unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 KBR - Species unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Griqua Town unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 CWCBR - North unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 CWCBR - South unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Hyena unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Springbok 2,300 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Rock Art 300 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 UNESCO - Rhino 300 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 2,300 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Homo Ergaster 1,000 CRADLE OF HUMANKIND SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX HOMINIDS
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant 4,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2021
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Big Five - Elephant: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2021
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value50 (x Rand)
Total Mintage4,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerP Botes, JA Geldenhuys, RC Stone
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size22.000 mm
Mass7.780 g
OCC IDBVYX-EWRC-XXLA-OJZN
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