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The 2023 Big 5 Series: Elephant Gold Coin belongs to the second Big Five series released by the South African Mint. This coin displays the African bush elephant as one of the animals in the collection, representing wisdom, intelligence, strength, and loyalty. The elephant is perceived in many African cultures as an animal of great power, unity and nobility, bringing good luck to those around it.


  • Ships individually in protective packaging
  • Consisting of 1 oz of 9999 Fine Gold
  • Obverse: Features a detailed rendition of the African bush elephant with the inscription "SOUTH AFRICA", "BIG FIVE 2023", and the South African crest
  • Reverse: Features two halves of the elephant, along with the metal weight, purity, type, and legal tender value of the gold coin (fifty rand face value). When the reverse sides of the coin are lined up, the image comes together to display the full portrait of the African elephant

As one of the oldest animals that have roamed the Earth, the elephant is highly revered in many cultures for its symbolism and historical influence. Today, there are three recognized living species: the African forest elephant, the Asian elephant, and the African bush elephant, of which the latter is displayed on this 1 oz gold coin.


The Big Five II series is the second edition of the South African Mint's highly successful series. It depicts the five largest animals found on the African continent: the bush elephant, the African lion, the rhino, the leopard and the buffalo. This series is highly valued and appreciated among investors and collectors alike!


The South African Mint (SAM) was established in 1890 after the discovery of gold in the South African territory. Throughout history, the mint was annexed to the British Empire, becoming a branch of the Royal Mint from 1890 to 1923. After the independence of South Africa, it reopened officially as the SAM in 1941. The SAM is responsible for minting the South African rand on behalf of the South African Reserve Bank. The prestigious Rand Refinery (the first refinery in the world to market investment-grade bullion items) supplies all precious metals the mint uses. In recent years, the mint has expanded its product line, including the successful Big Five and Big Five II series.

Brilliant Uncirculated
South Africa
South African Mint
ZAR 50
1 oz

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