South African Mint collectible coins

3.1. An overview of the Natura series and its themes

The creation of the Natura series

The Natura series, South Africa’s first 24-carat fine gold collection, was launched by the South African Mint in 1994. It pays homage to the country’s abundant wildlife with each issue featuring a different animal native to South Africa. The coins are available in four sizes: 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce.

Design of Natura coins

The front of a Natura gold coin is usually decorated with the image of an animal, the year of minting and the inscription “SOUTH AFRICA”. The design of the reverse varies from year to year and often contains information about the weight and fineness of the coin. The “NATURA” lettering is always an integral part of the design.

Variety of topics

The Natura series represents a diverse collection that depicts numerous facets of South African flora and fauna. It ranges from majestic big cats like lions and leopards to the country’s lesser-known creatures.

The “Big Five” series

This series presents South Africa’s most famous animals: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros.

The “Monarchs of Africa” series

The 2001 edition of this series showcases the beauty of Kudu, Sable and Oryx. Further issues were dedicated to the “Wildcats of Africa” with cheetahs and lions as well as the desert lynx.

The “Giants of Africa” and the “Safari through Africa” series

The focus here is on the hippopotamus, the giraffe, the eland and the elephant as well as the white and black rhinoceros.

Paleontology topics

The Natura series also celebrates South Africa’s contribution to paleontology. Five 24-carat gold coins were released as part of the “Rise of the Dinosaurs – Archosauria”. Another issue dealt with the “hominids” in the “cradle of humanity”. Each coin in this series acts as a messenger, telling the story of human origins and South Africa’s role as the birthplace of humanity.


In conclusion, the Natura series, introduced by the South African Mint in 1994, is a profound tribute to South Africa’s diverse wildlife and natural heritage. Carefully minted from 24-carat fine gold in various sizes, each coin not only reflects the beauty of South Africa’s fauna, but also the country’s cultural and historical value. The ever-changing design, which ranges from big cats to the famous “Big Five” to paleontological themes, emphasizes the deep connection between South Africa and its natural environment. In addition, each of these coins tells a unique story, making the Natura series of particular value for collectors as well as history and nature enthusiasts. It is therefore evident that this series serves not only as a work of art but also as a testament to South Africa’s rich cultural and natural history.

Additional documents :

The SA Mint Natura Coins and Prestige Sets

Gold coins from South Africa