The South African Mint celebrates Africa’s unique natural heritage by embodying the strength and beauty of the Big Five in this new series of fine-silver brilliant uncirculated legal tender coins.

The coins are issued every 6 months, starting with the Elephant and the Lion in 2019. The Rhino is the third of the ferocious 5 to be featured in this series. Rhinoceroses are easily recognised by their prehistoric features such as armour-like bodies and the horns on their foreheads.

Rhinos, unfortunately, face a dire threat from poaching and rank among the most endangered species on earth. Their horns are made up of the highly sought after keratin, which is used for its supposed medicinal purposes.

The “Big Five” term originated when big game hunters visited the shores of Africa to shoot for trophies, and locals warned them about the five most dangerous animals in Africa: the Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo.


Each reverse of the proof coins bears the design of two halves of the face of a rhino. When placed together, the reverses form a full face. The set is packaged in a revolutionary double capsule which houses the coins close enough to each other to form a full rhino face, and wide enough apart that the coins remain pristine and do not touch.
The double capsule set is packaged in a beautiful box made of walnut bark with a glossy piano finish bearing a digital print of the thick-skinned Rhinoceros on top.


R4 495,00Price
  • Mass: 31.107g
    Diameter: 38.725mm
    Metal Content: Silver Ag 999
    Limited Edition: 1 000
    *Specifications per coin