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

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

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. The Rhino is the third of the ferocious five to be featured in this series. Rhinoceroses are easily recognised by their prehistoric features such as armour-like bodies and the horns on their foreheads. Rhinos, unfortunately, face a dire threat from poaching and rank among the most endangered species on earth. Their horns are made up of the highly sought after keratin, which is used for its supposed medicinal purposes.

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 - Rhino - obverse photo

Most of the surface area of the obverse is taken by a front view of a Rhinoceros.

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 - Rhino - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two halves of the rhino’s face, detailing its eye, ears and horn. This ingenious design allows for a complete close-up of a rhino to be seen only when two of the 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).

Reverse Inscription TWENTY RAND 1 OZ Pt 999.5
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Notes

Mintage limited to 500 proof coins, issued individually boxed, at issue price of R 26,995.

See also

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

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Platinum Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2020
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value20 (x Rand)
Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)32.6900
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDBYNK-EDDC-MVZP-EPQM
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R20 Big 5 Rhino 1oz Platinum Proof
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R20 Big 5 Rhino 1oz Platinum Proof
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