In 2017 the South African Mint, home of the world-famous Krugerrand, released its first-ever colored coin series. That four-coin series featured some of the region’s most beautiful birds and flora – and collectors went wild. The series returned for a third year in 2019 with four new coins, including these gorgeous Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proofs.
Struck in 92.5% Sterling silver and displaying a legal-tender value of 10 Rand, the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proof shines beautifully on the coin’s fully colorized reverse. Made famous as the character Zazu from Disney’s animated blockbuster The Lion King, the Yellow-Billed Hornbill’s huge downwardly curved yellow beak often leaves people in awe when they first catch a glimpse of it. In fact, the beak can account for up to a sixth of the bird’s entire body length. It’s no wonder this unique-looking creature has been nicknamed the “Flying Banana!” Measuring 16-24 inches in length, these odd-looking birds can be found throughout South Africa and have been known to approach humans for food.
The coin’s obverse design features a map of South Africa that indicates the location of the country’s UNESCO-recognized Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve. This pocket of land in northeastern South Africa exists not only to conserve and protect nature and wildlife, but also serves as a living laboratory where humans co-exist with nature.
Just 1,500 of these vibrant legal-tender proofs were struck and each will come shipped in its original government-issued blister pack card and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Bring the undeniable beauty of Africa home to your collection with one of these dazzling 2019 One-Ounce Silver Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proofs!
THE COLOR OF AFRICA – This coin features the Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus Leucomelas) on its reverse in bold vibrant colors. The coin’s obverse shows a map of South Africa that indicates the location of the country’s UNESCO-approved Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Reserve.
STRUCK IN STERLING SILVER – Each 2019 Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proof was struck in one ounce of 92.5% Sterling silver and measures 38.725 mm in diameter.
SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL TENDER – These 2019 One-Ounce Silver Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proofs are 10 Rand (R10) legal tender in South Africa
GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Your 2019 One-Ounce Silver Yellow-Billed Hornbill Proof was expertly crafted from hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce frosted details rising over mirror-like fields.
EXTREMELY LOW LIMITED EDITION – The South African Mint struck just 1,500 of these colorful proofs – 1,000 singly and another 500 as part of a Four-Piece Proof Set.
Capture a slice of Africa’s incredibly beautiful wildlife with this limited-edition release from the prestigious South African Mint. Click one to your cart today before they’re all gone!