Platinum Ounce 2021 Big Five - Buffalo, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Platinum Ounce 2021 Big Five - Buffalo, Coin from South Africa
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2021 Big Five - Buffalo

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 the last in the 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 were issued every 6 months, starting with the Elephant and the Lion in 2019, then the Rhino and Leopard in 2020. This fifth coin features the mighty Buffalo.

African Buffalo are sociable animals with herds of up to several hundred individuals often observed. These herds might splinter into smaller units in times of drought. Primarily preyed upon by lions, when a herd member is attacked, other buffaloes will rush to its defence. Together a number of buffalo are more than capable to ward off an attack by an entire pride of lions. A wounded buffalo bull is regarded as most dangerous by hunters, which is one of the main reasons why this animal is included into the big five. This characteristic is the origin of many hunting adventures, myths and legends.

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 2021 Big Five - Buffalo - obverse photo

The obverse shows a fierce side profile of a Cape buffalo, 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 2021 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2021
Reverse
South Africa / Platinum Ounce 2021 Big Five - Buffalo - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two halves of the buffalo's face. This ingenious design allows for a complete close-up of a buffalo 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 herd of buffaloes is formed.

The relief of the surface behind the two half-figures shows a herd of buffaloes.

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 (Ptis abbreviated from Platinum and is used internationally to mark platinum bullion coinage).

Reverse Inscription TWENTY RAND 1 OZ Pt 999.5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin is issued in Proof FDC grade only. Mintage limited to 500 individually boxed coins.

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 2021 Big Five - Buffalo: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
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 IDBYNK-EDDC-GRZN-EPQM
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