Face Value : 5 Rand
Purity : 99.9 %
Diameter: 38.725 mm
In pursuit to honour Africa’s unique natural heritage, as epitomized in the strength and beauty of the “Big 5”, The South African Mint has launched a magnificent new fine-silver brilliant uncirculated legal tender coins called The Big Five.
The first coin in the series is the elephant. As described by the SA Mint:
‘From its versatile trunk and imposing tusks, to ears that flap forward as a sign of intimidation, the African elephant is a symbol of majestic strength and family unity. It is also the largest living land animal on earth, and one of our most intelligent species.’ (www.samint.co.za).
‘The reverse of the elephant coin bears the ingenious design of two halves of an elephant’s face, side-by-side. The ear, tusk, eyes, and part of the nose of each of these halves are prominent in this design, which gives one complete face when two 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 is formed’ (www.samint.co.za)