2019 | NATURA – PALAEONTOLOGY: The rise of the Dinosaurs
A new chapter in the award-winning Natura series begins with the introduction of palaeontology, in recognition of South Africa’s significance to this field and study of plant and animal fossils. In this first instalment of the palaeontology-themed coins, the focus is ‘Rise of the dinosaurs – Archosauria’ over the five 24ct gold coins.
The Karoo supergroup of South Africa is one of the geological wonders of the world. This 12 km thick layer of sedimentary rock was set down over a period of almost 120 million years when South Africa was still part of southern Gondwanaland.
The Archosauria- crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds- or the ruling reptiles, were magnificent beasts which ruled over the land and sky for 180 million years, from the Triassic to the Cretacecous periods. The Archosauriforms evolved at the end of the Triassic, finally taking over the last enclaves of synapsid domination. The next step of evolution, which saw the rise of the dinosaurs, crocodiles and pterosaurs, was imminent.
A R25 fine-silver Natura is issued for the first time in Silver in 2019, sharing a design with the smallest gold Natura coin in the series, the R5 1/20oz 24ct gold coin. Although dated 2019, this coin belongs with the 2018 Archosaur series. Depicted on the reverse is the Archosauriform together with its scientific name ‘Euparkeria’, the word ‘Natura’, the denomination, the mass and metal value of the coin.
Metal content: Ag 999
Limited Edition: 50 000