2019 South Africa 1-oz Silver Yellow-Billed Hornbill Colored Series Proof

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The Bright Birds of South Africa

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!

Year of Issue 2019
Country South Africa
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9250
Condition Proof
Denomination 10.00
Currency Type Rand
Mint Name South Africa Mint
Coin Weight 3.99 Grams - g
Weight 1 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 38.72mm