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SA is getting a new dinosaur-themed R25 coin next year – and a less angry leopard on other coins

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Coelophysis rhodesiensis
  • Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Friday finalised the designs for the 2020 silver Kruger Rand and the R25 Natura Series collectable coin due next year.
  • He also gazetted an update to a coin design that makes a leopard featured in a Big 5 collectable coin series somewhat less angry. 
  • Here's what the coins will look like.
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South Africa's next dinosaur-themed collectable coin will feature Coelophysis rhodesiensis, a two-legged carnivore that grew to a relatively diminutive 3 metres tall, finance minister Tito Mboweni confirmed on Friday.

Mboweni formalised the design by publication in the Government Gazette, declaring the 1 ounce fine silver coin will be legal tender, worth R25, from 1 January 2020.

The coin is the latest in the collectible – and popular – Natura series from the SA Mint, which has been making the range in gold since 1994. The first silver coin was announced last November.

See also: Take a look: South Africa's new R2 and R5 coins

It is due to be released in a run limited to 50,000 coins.

Mboweni simultaneously finalised the design for the 2020 edition of the fine-silver R2 Kruger Rand, which sticks to the standard look of the Kruger coins.

Silver Kruger

In a related update, the Reserve Bank announced a small change to an upcoming series of coins featuring a leopard – which will now be considerably less angry.

In March Mboweni gazetted the designs for a "Big 5" series of coins in gold, silver, and platinum, with designs featuring leopards and rhinos due to be issued on 1 January 2020. 

The leopard coin featured an animal with its ears pulled back sharply.

Leopard coin v1

But the design had been adjusted, the Reserve Bank said on Friday – to one with a leopard that seems less likely to pounce on prey.

New leopard coin

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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