Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2016 Cheetah

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 silver one-ounce (1 oz) format. These include silver 1 oz Krugerrands, the Protea series, the Natura series, as well as one-year types that do not fall into a particular series. Some are made of Sterling silver (92.5%) alloyed with copper, just like the British pre-decimal Crown coins, and some are 99.9% silver. The Sterling versions are overall heavier though, so they also contain exactly one ounce of pure silver or 1oz Absolute Silver Weight (1.000 oz ASW); they are called "Crowns" in the "Crown and Tickey" coin sets in which some of them are issued, and are officially denominated as two, five or ten Rands.

This coin featuring a Cheetah is part of the Big Cats series by the South African Mint, consisting of four 24-carat gold coins, namely a R200 (1 oz), R100 (1/2 oz), R50 (1/4 oz) and R20 (1/10 oz), and a sterling-silver R2 (1 oz) crown. Africa’s big cats are celebrated on this coin series issued in collaboration with the "National Geographic Big Cats Initiative".

This project endeavours to support on-the-ground conservation and education projects combined with global public awareness campaigns to counteract the big cat population’s rapid decline due to habitat loss and degradation as well as conflict with humans.

The word "cheetah" is derived from the Hindi word "chita" meaning "spotted one". The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is the fastest land animal, able to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. These predators rely primarily on sight to hunt.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah - obverse photo

The obverse shows the Coat of Arms of South Africa at centre, dividing the date 2016, with the legend SOUTH AFRICA written around in all the eleven official languages of the country:
Ningizimu Afrika in Zulu,
Aforika Borwa in Tswana,
Afurika Tshipembe in Venda,
Afrika Borwa in Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho,
South Africa in English,
iSewula Afrika in Southern Ndebele,
uMzantsi Afrika in Xhosa,
iNingizimu Afrika in Swazi,
Suid-Afrika in Afrikaans, and
Afrika-Dzonga in Tsonga.

The designer's initials ALS (for Arthur L. Sutherland) are to the left of the Coat of Arms.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA 2016
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah - reverse photo

The reverse of the R2 (1 oz) sterling-silver coin portrays the characteristics of a cheetah by featuring a growling cheetah and a cheetah captured in mid-stride. The line pattern and stylised human features reminiscent of woodcut prints complete the design.

Below left, the face value and denomination R 2 (Tw0 Rand). Around below that, the metal content: 1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75 (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, which means "silver" in Latin and is used internationally on silver bullion coinage; Cu is for copper).

The initials of the reverse die-sinker, VLC (for VL Chipa) are around below right; the reverse artist is L Guerra.

Reverse Inscription R 2 1 oz Ag 925 Cu 75
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Individual mintage limited to 7,000. SA Mint ref. nr. SIL-PC-NGR216, issue price R 750.

Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah: References to Information Used
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Silver Ounce 2016 Cheetah: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2016
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerL Guerra
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)33.6260
Mass (g)38.7250
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-NBAP-ENQG
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Big Cats : Cheetah (1 oz, sterling-silver)
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Big Cats : Cheetah (1 oz, sterling-silver)
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