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Natura Prestige Sets

A Natura Prestige Set is a gold coin set that is produced by the South African Mint in small quantities and features an animal theme. Each set includes a 1 Oz, 1/2 Oz, 1/4 Oz and 1/10 Oz 24 carat Gold coin, presented in a wooden box with official certificate.

The Natura range was launched in 1994 and is an annual release with a new animal being featured every year.

Recent animal themes are as follows:

  • 2017 : Springbok
  • 2016 : Hyena
  • 2015 : Black Backed Jackal
  • 2014 : Leopard
  • 2013 : Zebra
  • 2012 : Painted Wolf
  • 2011 : Meerkat

Natura Prestige Set 2012 : Nature's families : Painted Wolf

In 2012 Africa’s most endangered mammal is depicted, the African Painted Wolf also known as the African Wild Dog.  Their scientific name Lycaon pictus is derived from the Greek for “wolf” and the Latin for “painted”. Each animal has an irregular mottled coat, the tan, black and white patterns unique to each individual.

The common obverse depicts the silhouetted shapes of a pack of African Painted Wolves at a river. 

On the reverse of the R100 (1oz) Natura coin, two adults are shown patrolling the pack’s home range. 

The reverse of the R50 (1/2 oz) Natura coin portrays an alpha female and her pups, protecting them while the others are hunting. 

The reverse of the R20 (1/4 oz) Natura coin portrays two hunters feasting on their prey.  

The reverse of the R10 (1/10th oz) Natura coin portrays an alpha female.  The oldest female and oldest male having alpha status over their offspring and siblings. 

Natura Prestige Set 2011 : Nature's families : The Meerkat

The 2011 Natura coin series features “Nature’s Families” and depicts the popular Meerkat Family. The common obverse of this series shows part of a family in their typical watchful stance, stretched high on their back legs to observe all and sundry on the desert’s horizon.

Meerkats are a type of Mongoose. The name “Meerkat” is the Afrikaans version of the English name, Marsh Cat. However, Meerkats do not live near marshes and they are not cats! They are found in the southern part of Africa which is dominated by the Kalahari Desert. Their scientific name is Suricata suricatta. 

The reverse of the 1 oz Natura portrays a family of Meerkats, ever alert and watchful. The families may grow as large as 40 strong and each Meerkat in the gang, has its own important role to perform and skills to teach the pups.

The reverse of the 1/2 oz Natura portrays a Meerkat sentry on duty. In order to survive, Meerkats must live in groups for protection and sentry duty is a main duty to be performed by every meerkat at some stage. 

The reverse of the 1/4 oz Natura portrays a watchful alpha male Meerkat on his hind legs and the alpha female grooming a pup. It is the duty of the alpha male and female to breed for the family. 

The reverse of the 1/10th oz Natura portrays a Meerkat in an old tree searching for termites and larvae. A typical Meerkat diet consists of worms, crickets, grasshoppers, small rodents, lizards, small snakes, birds, eggs, fruit and ant larvae.