Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs, Coin from South Africa
CoinSilver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs

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 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 began with the introduction of the palaeontology theme in 2018, in recognition of South Africa’s significance to this field and study of plant and animal fossils.

The first instalment of the palaeontology-themed 24ct gold coins focused on "Rise of the dinosaurs - Archosauria", and as a response to popular demand, the South African Mint released the first silver Natura coin under this theme in 2019.

The South African Mint is proud to introduce the 2020 silver Natura coin, the second ever silver coin to join the Natura series. This coin also focuses on the "Rise of the dinosaurs - Archosauria" theme and bears the same image as the 2018 1oz 24ct gold coin - the Coelophysis rhodesiensis."

Coelophysis rhodesiensis is an extinct species of coelophysid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 188 million years ago during the early part of the Jurassic Period in what is now Africa. The species was a small to medium-sized, lightly built, ground-dwelling, bipedal carnivore, that could grow up to 3 m long.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2020 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 MMXX represent the year of issue 2020.

In the exergue, the name of the series ARCHOSAURIA.

Obverse Inscription RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXX ARCHOSAURIA
Reverse
South Africa / Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features two Coelophysidae - highly successful primitive theropod dinosaurs that lived worldwide from the late Triassic to early Jurassic.

Coelophysis rhodesiensis, a small, agile dinosaur which preyed on small animals, inhabited South Africa and Zimbabwe during the early part of the Jurassic period. This slenderly built, bipedal dinosaur grew up to 3 m long and weighed about 32 kg.

The value and denomination 25 RAND are in two lines below the dinosaur figures. Below that, the name of the series: NATURA, below which COELOPHYSIS.

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).

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

Mintage limited to 15,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins, issue price R 595.

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Silver Crown 2020 Retinal Cryoprobe 2,200 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs 15,000 RISE OF THE DINOSAURS SOUTH AFRICA MMXX ARCHOSAURIA
Silver Ounce 2020 Big Five - Rhino 18,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA BIG FIVE 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Krugerrand unknown Paul Kruger by Otto Schultz SUID-AFRIKA · SOUTH AFRICA
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Silver Ounce 2020 Rise of the Dinosaurs: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz) Crown
Issued2020
Face ValueVaries (x Rand)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.7250
Mass (g)31.1070
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-DYGL-ONXQ
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R25 1oz Fine-Silver: Coelophysis Rhodesiensis
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R25 1oz Fine-Silver: Coelophysis Rhodesiensis
Copyright: South African Mint
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