Serious and Smaller Investors Support and Buy Gold
Serious investors who see the wisdom in taking a medium to longer term based on the performance of certain of their investments, are eager to buy gold, either in bar or coin form, or both. This is partly because of its enduring allure, per se, and partly due to its intrinsic value.
Our minted bars are literally worth their weight in gold, whilst our Krugerrand coins offer smaller buyers and investors the opportunity to collect this valuable commodity, since sizes and weights range between one tenth, a quarter, a half and one full ounce.
Pictorially, all Krugerrands are similar: South Africa’s national animal, the Springbok, appears in relief on the reverse side of the coins, whilst the head and shoulders of Paul Kruger, in profile, adorns the obverse, encircled by the words “Suid-Afrika” and “South Africa”.
The year in which each was minted appears alongside the galloping Springbok, whilst the coin’s size boldly forms a semi-circular dome shape above the bokkie’s image. Each coin’s fine gold weight is indicated in a smaller font below, in both the English and Afrikaans languages. All are minted in distinctive 22 carat warmly coloured rose gold.
We offer four versions of minted gold bars, all uniquely South African too. Three types depict typically African motifs, taken from our plant and animal heritage. Whilst the fourth, a 10g bar, has our mint, the Rand Refinery’s logo in the form of circular and semi-circular shapes on one side, along with the coin’s weight. All four variants feature the name “Rand Refinery” on the reverse side, the purity of gold content – Au 999.9 – and the weight – either 10g or 100g.
This 10g bar’s obverse surface features a mirror image of the acacia tree, appearing as though seen in a mirage, with a stylised background circle, evocative of the rising or setting sun. The acacia occurs virtually throughout the entire country; there are said to be approximately 1 300 species of the acacia tree globally, although not all of them occur here. Here, in South Africa, their thorny wide spreading branches spread in an umbrella-like shape, with the relatively sparse foliage offering dappled shade around the base wherever they grow.
The acacia is also known locally as the thorn tree or doringboom (in Afrikaans) and grows successfully in varied habitats, from arid desert conditions, water-rich floodplains and river banks, and veld, to higher climates, such as mountain slopes and tops.
The “Big Daddy” of land mammals, the African elephant, makes a most appropriate appearance on the weightiest of our gold bar offerings, the Loxodonta Africana. It is named so for obvious reasons, plus the fact that it is one of this country’s world renowned Big Five, the five most popular species of game which every tourist and countryman wants to see when visiting game parks or on safari in our part of the world.
Five rows of African elephants march horizontally across the width of this 100g bar, with each group heading in an alternate direction from those in the row above. “Loxodonta” appears below the final row, confirming the specie’s identity.
People sometimes think that all elephants are alike, but although both African elephants and their Asian cousins are enormous mammals, they differ considerably, differences which are noticeably apparent once one knows what they are. The Asian species has much smaller ears, since these creatures require less cooling in their natural habitat than the Loxodonta Africana, which has vast numbers of blood vessels throughout very large ears, used for regulating body temperature in the African heat.
Our bush elephants’ heads are domed and rounded; Asian elephants possess two hump-like domes and unlike the African species, only the males are able to grow tusks, although this does not always occur. Trunk tips, toenails, tooth shapes and other features also differ.
Having a gold content of 10g, the Mirage also features African bush elephants, a female and her calf, mirrored in a duplicate silhouette against the backdrop spherical setting African sun, so evocative of this country and its wildlife heritage.
This image is sophisticated and minimalistic in essence, a modern take on an iconic African symbol of natural history and mineral wealth. The name “Mirage” has an embossed appearance in a font that suggests that it is seen through the wavy lines of an actual mirage.
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