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SA Mint launches Leopard Coin

Oct 01 2014 20:04
Fin24

Cape Town - A wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb), The South African Mint Company known as 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, unveiled at a prestigious event.

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 twenty 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 in the Western Cape, where the Cape Mountain Leopard is endemic.

The Denomination Set includes four 24 ct gold coins that each depict typical iconic moments of the Leopard’s Life. 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 (CTL), 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.

On the online auction at www.legacylive.co.za patrons and coin collectors globally can bid for the number 1 of the Limited Edition Leopard Coin set.

The auction will run until the November 15 2014.

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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