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

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena, Coin from South Africa
CoinGold Tenth-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 tenth-ounce (1/10th 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 tenth-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 one tenth of an ounce of pure gold or 1/10 oz Absolute Gold Weight (0.100 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 R10 (1/10 oz) coin illustrates a female hyena with her cub.

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 Tenth-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 Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena - reverse photo

The reverse of the R10 (1/10 oz) shows a female hyena and her cub. In the background, the silhouette of a walking hyena beneath a large moon, symbolising the nocturnal habits of the animal.

Above, the name of the coin series NATURA; vertically to the left, the face value and denomination R 10 (Ten Rand).

Around below right, the metal content: 1/10 oz Au 999.9. Au is abbreviated from Aurum, which means "gold" in Latin and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

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

Reverse Inscription NATURA R 10 1/10 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual mintage limited to 500. SA Mint ref. nr. G24-PC-NAT16, issue price R 3,790.

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 Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena: References to Information Used
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All (55) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Gold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1980 Krugerrand 856,975 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1981 Krugerrand 1,321,022 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1982 Krugerrand 1,064,809 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1983 Krugerrand 507,510 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1984 Krugerrand 898,270 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1985 Krugerrand 282,248 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1986 Krugerrand 95,612 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1987 Krugerrand 59,465 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1988 Krugerrand 90,295 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1989 Krugerrand 13,139 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1990 Krugerrand 98,466 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1991 Krugerrand 85,797 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1992 Krugerrand 1,789 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1993 Krugerrand 57,346 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1994 Krugerrand 87,968 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1995 Krugerrand 26,400 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1996 Krugerrand 11,836 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1997 Krugerrand 24,376 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1998 Krugerrand 17,251 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 1999 Krugerrand 31,415 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2000 Krugerrand 35,553 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2001 Krugerrand 26,052 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2002 Krugerrand 18,110 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2003 Krugerrand 19,679 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2004 Krugerrand 3,811 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2005 Krugerrand 23,836 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2006 Krugerrand 9,645 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2007 Krugerrand 17,866 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2008 Krugerrand 19,798 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2009 Krugerrand 86,317 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2010 Krugerrand 47,575 Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2011 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2012 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2013 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2014 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Crocodile unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Mandela - Early Years unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2015
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2015 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Chameleon unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Cheetah unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Mandela - Justice unknown SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Springbok 2,300 SOUTH AFRICA · 2017
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 South African Reptiles - Padloper 500 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Rise of the Dinosaurs 2,300 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXVIII ARCHOSAURIA
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Mandela - Robben Island 2,000 SOUTH AFRICA 2018
Gold Tenth-Ounce 2018 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2019 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
Issued2016
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerMJ Scheepers
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)16.5000
Mass (g)3.1100
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-VQYQ-EXJL
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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Hyena: Photos
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Natura - The Nocturnal Hunters : Spotted Hyena R10 (1/10 oz, 24ct gold)
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Natura - The Nocturnal Hunters : Spotted Hyena R10 (1/10 oz, 24ct gold)
Copyright: South African Mint
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