Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa
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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 features an Euparkeria capensis and is part of the Natura coin series by the South African Mint, which celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage.

The South African Mint says about it:
"A new chapter in the award-winning Natura series begins with the introduction of palaeontology, in recognition of South Africa’s significance to this field and study of plant and animal fossils. In this first instalment of the palaeontology-themed coins, the focus is Rise of the dinosaurs - Archosauria over the five 24ct gold coins.

The Karoo supergroup of South Africa is one of the geological wonders of the world. This 12 km thick layer of sedimentary rock was set down over a period of almost 120 million years when South Africa was still part of southern Gondwanaland.

The Archosauria - crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds - or the ruling reptiles, were magnificent beasts which ruled over the land and sky for 180 million years, from the Triassic to the Cretacecous periods. The Archosauriforms evolved at the end of the Triassic, finally taking over the last enclaves of synapsid domination. The next step of evolution, which saw the rise of the dinosaurs, crocodiles and pterosaurs, was imminent.

A R25 fine-silver Natura is issued for the first time in Silver in 2019, sharing a design with the smallest gold Natura coin in the series, the R5 1/20oz 24ct gold coin. Although dated 2019, this coin belongs with the 2018 Archosaur series."

Each coin in this series depicts a different Archosauriform together with its scientific name, the word "Natura", the denomination, mass and metal value of the coin.

For the creation of the coin, the mint credits: MJ Scheepers (die sinker), F Durand (artist) and RC Stone (designer).

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage50,000
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs - obverse photo

The obverse depicts the fossilised skull, neck and shoulder of an "Erythrosuchus africanus" dinosaur.

Below that, the inscription RISE OF THE DINOSAURS; below, the legend SOUTH AFRICA, below which the Roman numerals MMXIX represent the year of issue 2019.

In the exergue, the name of the series ARCHOSAURIA.

Above the exergue line on the left, in small letters the die-sinker's initials MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

Obverse Inscription RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXIX ARCHOSAURIA
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features an Archosauriform of the Euparkeria capensis species - a large reptile that developed from archosauromorph ancestors some time in the Late Permian (roughly 250 million years ago), similar to a crocodile or alligator. It is depicted mid-jump, trying to catch a bird.

There are clouds and mountains in the background, unlike the reverse of the 2018 coin.

The value and denomination 25 RAND are in two lines above right. Below the figure, the name of the series: NATURA, below which EUPARKERIA.

The content: 1 OZ Ag 999 is in the exergue (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, which means "silver" in Latin and is used internationally on silver bullion coinage).

Above the exergue line on the left, in small letters the die-sinker's initials MJS (for MJ Scheepers).

Reverse Inscription 25 RAND NATURA EUPARKERIA 1 OZ Ag 999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage limited to 50,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins, issued in a presentation folder, issue price R 595.

See also

The reverse design was first issued in 2018 as a twentieth-ounce gold coin.

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Silver Ounce 2019 Rise of the Dinosaurs: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2019
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Mintage50,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.7250
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LRAN-EMPX
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R25 1oz Fine-Silver: Euparkeria Capensis
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R25 1oz Fine-Silver: Euparkeria Capensis
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