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 Purple Crested Turaco Proofs.
Struck in 92.5% Sterling silver and displaying a legal-tender value of 10 Rand, the Purple Crested Turaco Proof shines beautifully on the coin’s fully colorized reverse. This noisy bird gets its name from the purple-colored crest that rises above its green head like a mohawk hairdo. The national bird of the Swaziland in eastern South Africa, the bird’s brilliant red, blue, green and purple feathers are important in the ceremonial regalia of the Swazi royal family. These birds grow to around 17 inches long and are incredibly agile, preferring to race across tree branches in search of fruit to eat rather than peck at seeds on the ground.
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 Purple Crested Turaco Proofs!
THE COLOR OF AFRICA – This coin features the Purple Crested Turaco (Tauraco Porphyreolophus) 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 Purple Crested Turaco 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 Purple Crested Turaco Proofs are 10 Rand (R10) legal tender in South Africa
GORGEOUS PROOF CONDITION – Your 2019 One-Ounce Silver Purple Crested Turaco 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!