Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Elephant, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Elephant, Coin from South Africa
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2020 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 and metals, such as a platinum one-ounce (1 oz) format. These include platinum 1 oz Krugerrands, other series, as well as one-year types that do not fall into a particular series.

This is a re-issue of the first 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. From its versatile trunk and imposing tusks, to ears that flap forward as a sign of intimidation, the African elephant is a symbol of majestic strength and family unity. It is also the largest living land animal on earth, and one of our most intelligent species.

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.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
South Africa / Platinum Ounce 2020 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 2020 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
Reverse
South Africa / Platinum Ounce 2020 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 OZ is surrounded by its face value TWENTY RAND above and the composition Pt 999.5 below (Pt is abbreviated from Platinum and is used internationally to mark platinum bullion coinage).

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

Reverse Inscription TWENTY RAND 1 OZ Pt 999.5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The 2020 coin is in Brilliant Uncirculated grade. It is not listed on the South African Mint web site but is listed and sold by its dealers.

See also

Coins in the Big Five series (ordered by metal / size / design / year):
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Elephant, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five II - Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Rhino, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Big Five - Buffalo, 2021
- 1 kg Gold, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 5 oz Gold, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Big Five II - Lion, 2022
- 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 II - Elephant, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Big Five II - Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 5 oz Silver, Big Five II - Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Elephant, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five II - Elephant, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Lion, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five II - Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Rhino, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Big Five - Buffalo, 2021

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Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Elephant: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value20 (x Rand)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.690 mm
Mass31.107 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VRZQ-OXJL
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