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SA Mint announced the launch of its latest addition to the multi-award winning ‘Natura Series.’ Its latest collection entitled ‘Nocturnal Hunters’ debuts with The Leopard Coin Collection. 

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A hand-over of Leopard coin 001 by SA Mint Managing Director Mr Tumi Tsehlo to Mr Johan van der Westhuizen of the Cape Leopard Trust.

Designed to pay tribute to South Africa’s wildlife, the ‘Natura Series’ of collectible gold coins has been in production since 1994. Over the past 20 years, SA Mint has made a significant contribution to the conservation of endangered species by donating a portion of the proceeds to selected projects. For the launch of the Leopard Coin Collection, SA Mint has elected to partner with the Cape Leopard Trust, a leading conservation organisation using research and education to reduce human-wildlife conflict in the Western Cape, where the Cape mountain leopard is endemic.

The Denomination Set includes four 24ct gold coins that each depict typical iconic moments of the leopard’s life. These include the R100 1oz coin, depicting a leopard lazing on a tree branch with a male and female featured on the R50 ½ oz coin. Leopards in a collage of tree branches with one dragging part of its kill up the tree are shown on the R20 ¼ oz coin and a pair of curious cubs on the R10 1/10 oz coin. The obverse of each coin bears a portrait of a snarling leopard designed by MJ Scheepers.

To mark the partnership between SA Mint and Cape Leopard Trust, 600 Limited Edition 1oz coins were struck on site in the Cederberg with a unique mint mark bearing a leopard’s paw print and accompanied by a ‘CLT’ hallmark.

The Natura Series 'Nocturnal Hunters: The Leopard' legal tender gold coin.
The Natura Series ‘Nocturnal Hunters: The Leopard’ legal tender gold coin.

The Launch Event was held at Hemelhuijs, where Chef Jaques Erasmus put on a menu inspired by the Cape mountain leopard’s home range and showcasing indigenous produce such as Rooibos, springbok, Karoo lamb, navel oranges and honey from the Cederberg region. A newly produced promotional video, sponsored by the SA Mint to raise awareness about the Cape Leopard Trust’s work was shown for the first time.

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The mint marking of the Leopard gold coins in the heart of leopard country, in the Cederberg.

The pinnacle of the evening was the opening of the online auction at www.legacylive.co.za where patrons and coin collectors globally can bid for the number 1 of the Limited Edition Leopard Coin set. The auction will run until the 15 November 2014, where the winning bidder will acquire 001/300 beautifully packaged in a handcrafted wooden gift box, and accompanied by a gold and bronze alloy cast of a leopard’s tooth and claw designed by S Rautenbach, as well as two nights stay at Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat.

SA Mint has undertaken to donate 3.5% from the sale of the 600 mint marked coins to the Cape Leopard Trust as well as the full amount earned through the online auction sale of coin ‘001/300’. The donation will be used to expand the Cape Leopard Trust’s educational outreach programme and will allow hundreds more children from poor neighbouring communities to participate in wilderness camps.

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