Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion

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. Initially they were made of Sterling silver (92.5%), but this later changed to 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).

This is the second 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. The male lion symbolises royalty and strength in some African cultures, while the lioness represents femininity and motherhood.

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: P Botes (die-sinker), JA Geldenhuys (artist) and RC Stone (designer).

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage18,000
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion - obverse photo

Most of the surface area of the obverse is taken by the close-up image of a male lion's head with the fine detail of its mane filling the interior of the coin

Below, surrounded by two curved ornaments reminiscent of ivory tusks, the legend SOUTH AFRICA is separated from the inscription BIG FIVE 2019 by a small Coat of Arms of South Africa.

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2019
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion - reverse photo

The reverse of the lion coin bears an inspired design of two halves of a lion’s face, side-by-side. This is done so that when two of the coins are placed next to each other, a complete image of the face of a lion is seen (as seen in the double-capsule proof set). When multiple coins are placed next to each other, a pride of lions can be seen.

In a small circle at centre, the mass of the coin 1 OZ is surrounded by its face value FIVE RAND above and the composition Ag 999 below (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, which means "silver" in Latin and is used internationally on silver bullion coinage).

Reverse Inscription FIVE RAND 1 OZ Ag 999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 15,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins in a blister pack (issue price R 595), 1,000 double-coin boxed (issue price R 1,995) plus 1,000 in a set with a silver Krugerrand with a Lion privy mark; all sold out.

See also

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

Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion: Known varieties
Variety Proof South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion / Proof - obverse photo South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage 3,000 (included in total)
Details

There are two identical coins in the double set, so mintage of 1,000 for the sets means 2,000 coins in them.

In Sets Big 5 Lion and Krugerrand Proof Set - Silver, mintage 1,000
2 coins: 1 oz Silver Lion, 1 oz Silver Krugerrand

2019 Big 5 Lion Proof Set, mintage 1,000
2 coins: 1 oz Silver Elephant x2
Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion: References to Information Used
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Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2019
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa
Face Value1 (x Rand)
Total Mintage18,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.7250
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDANMQ-EPYC-VAAL-OJYG
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Silver Ounce 2019 Big Five - Lion: Photos
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R5 Big 5 Lion Proof 1oz Silver Ag 999
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R5 Big 5 Lion Proof 1oz Silver Ag 999
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R5 Big 5 Lion Brilliant Uncirculated 1oz Silver Ag 999
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R5 Big 5 Lion Brilliant Uncirculated 1oz Silver Ag 999
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