SA is getting a new dinosaur-themed R25 coin next year – and a less angry leopard on other coins
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)
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