Secure the Final Big 5 release from the South African Mint before another sell-out
For years, the South African Mint has collected accolades and fans thanks to their beautiful Natura series, featuring some of Africa’s unique wildlife.
That wildlife includes five particular animals—the Elephant, the Lion, the Black Rhino, the Leopard and the Buffalo—which are collectively referred to as the “Big 5.” Originally used by trophy hunters who sought to add one of each animal to their collections, the “Big 5” is now a goal of safari photographers who hope to see each creature in their natural habitat for themselves.
The South African Mint is proud to release a new series of coins dedicated to the Big 5, each displaying a unique, intimate, close-up portrait of one of these majestic animals. The African Buffalo is the fifth and final release of the series!
Part of what has made this series such a massive hit is its innovative design. Recalling the beauty of the South African Mint’s Natura series, the obverse of each coin depicts a highly detailed profile of its subject—in this case, the mighty African buffalo. As attractive as this design is, however, it’s the reverse where this series has provided its signature feature—a unique bisected image of the buffalo’s profile!
This unique design element sets this series apart from those that have come before, making it a piece (and series!) you’ll enjoy revisiting again and again.
Minted in Gold, Platinum or Silver
The 2021 Big 5 Buffalo is available struck in one ounce of 99.99% gold , one ounce of 99.95% platinum or one full Troy ounce of 99.9% fine silver. All versions are official South Africa legal tender and come struck in stunning Proof condition, with frosty devices and mirrored fields. The reverse is particularly stunning, as the field features even more detail representing the buffalo’s hairy hide.
Certified Flawless by NGC with Special Designations
Each coin has been individually certified and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the world’s leading third-party grading services, as flawless Proof 70 Ultra Cameo (PF70 UC) condition. In addition, NGC has certified each coin as First Day of Issue (FDI), a special designation reserved only for those freshly struck coins that were secured from the mint on the very first day of the mintage's release.
Custom Hand-Signed Labels
A number of Big 5 Buffalo Proofs have been sealed by NGC in protective holders with labels hand-signed by Tumi Tsehlo, former Managing Director of the South African Mint and the architect who helped bring the Big 5 series to fruition.
Each coin you secure will arrive in a deluxe wood box displaying the Big 5 logo.
Extremely Limited Release
Like the previous releases in this series, the 2021 Big 5 Buffalo is an extremely limited release. Just 3,000 One-Ounce Silver, 600 One-Ounce Gold and only 500 One-Ounce Platinum Big 5 Buffalo Proofs have been authorized. As with the previous releases, a full sell-out of these coins is expected—and only a limited number of each mintage will be available certified by NGC as PF70 UC, FDI and sealed with a hand-signed label.
2021 Big 5 African Buffalo 3-Pc. Proof Set
2021 One-Ounce Gold Big 5 African Buffalo Proof
2021 One-Ounce Platinum Big 5 African Buffalo Proof
2021 One-Ounce Silver Big 5 African Buffalo Proof
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