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

Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Leopard, Coin from South Africa
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Leopard

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 coin is part of the Big Five coin 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, then the Rhino in 2020. The Leopard is the fourth of the ferocious five to be featured in this series. They are the most mysterious and subtle of all the big cats, and their strength enables them to easily drag the body of a large kill onto a tree to protect the carcass from scavengers like hyenas. Their diet sometimes includes fish as they are good swimmers.

Most leopards are light, golden coloured and covered in dark spots referred to as rosettes because of their shape. They are solitary animals; males and females only spend a brief time together while mating, and thereafter go their separate ways again leaving the female to raise the cubs on her own.

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 Mintage500
Obverse
South Africa / Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Leopard - obverse photo

The obverse shows the cunning side profile of the leopard, which fills up much of the surface area of the coin.

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 - Leopard - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two halves of the leopard’s face, detailing its eyes, nose and whiskers. This ingenious design allows for a complete close-up of a leopard to be seen only when two of the coins are placed next to each other (as seen in the double-capsule proof set).

When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a leap 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).

In the lower right, 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

Mintage limited to 500 proof coins, issued individually boxed, at issue price of R 31,000.

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 - Leopard: 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
DesignerP Botes, JA Geldenhuys, RC Stone
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.690 mm
Mass31.107 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-QAXA-OYPL
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