The South African Mint Company plans to introduce the penultimate collection of the Big 5 collectable range of coins

Published Feb 27, 2023


The South African Mint Company (RF) (PTY) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, announced on Monday that it would introduce the penultimate collection in the second series of the popular Big 5 collectible range of coins, featuring the Leopard.

In a statement, the company said the Big 5 coin range celebrates Africa’s pride — the iconic five animals that represent Southern Africa’s rich wildlife.

South African Mint managing director Honey Mamabolo: “According to the demand trends we have observed over the years, the Big 5 collection is now firmly entrenched among the world’s coveted numismatic offerings.

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"It is a coin range we are immensely proud of, and we will continue to innovate in order to maintain its relevance for years to come. We have, of course, set very high standards for product longevity with the Krugerrand and can only hope to emulate this success with newer products such as the Big 5”.

The Mint company said the Series II of the Big 5 succeeds the award-winning Series I, originally launched in 2019. The latest series offers collectors a subtle but telling design change with the portrait of the animal on the obverse side of the coins.

The Leopard coins are available in gold, silver, and platinum. Picture supplied.

"The reverse design remains the same throughout the two series: two halves of the animal’s face, which complete and form a full face when two or more coins are placed side-by-side," it said.

According to the company, in addition to the full face of the leopard on the obverse of the Leopard coins are the words “Big Five 2023” and the South African coat of arms, signifying their status as legal tender. The new collection maintains the high standard of design and technical excellence that collectors have come to associate with the South African Mint.

The Leopard coins are available in gold, silver, and platinum.

"The platinum offering consists of a single 1oz coin, while the silver range comprises a 1oz Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin, a 1oz double capsule set containing two silver proof coins, and a special Big 5 and Krugerrand leopard privy mark combination set," the company said.

The gold range includes a 1oz gold proof, a 1/4oz gold proof, and a 1/4oz gold proof double capsule set containing two identical gold proof coins. The gold coins, too, are complemented by a Big 5 and Krugerrand leopard privy mark combination set consisting of a 1oz gold proof Big 5 coin and a 1oz gold proof Krugerrand coin, it said.

Mamabolo said each of the Big 5 animals is remarkable in its own way, but none more so than the leopard. The leopard’s exceptionally acute vision and genius for camouflage make it a cunning hunter.

“This far-sightedness and skill are the characteristics we need to rebuild in a post-pandemic economy. We will conclude series II with the Buffalo coin collection later in the year, and our design team is already hard at work conceptualising series III," Mamabolo said.


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