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Full Sculpture Icons - African Springbok 1000 CFA Francs 1oz .999 pure silver coin.
Dedicated to the national animal of South Africa, this full sculpture coin in the shape of one of the most well-known icons of the world-famous investment coins: African Springbok. The coin boasts amazing high detail minting and comes housed in an innovative modern packaging.
Mintage: 3,000 pieces. Numbered COA.
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|Face Value :||1,000 CFA Francs|
|Metal :||.999 Fine silver|
|Weight :||1 oz|
|Size :||40 x 50 mm|
|Mintage :||3,000 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Full Sculpture Icons|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat.
The specific epithet marsupialis (Latin: marsupium, "pocket") derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong scent of sweat. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking from the Afrikaans meaning to boast or show off.
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