The Organizing Committee of Coin Constellation - 2014
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse: in the center there is a cat of arms of South Africa, in the upper part – a semicircle inscription of the year of issue «2013». In the lower part – another semicircle inscription «SOUTH AFRICA».
The reverse: in the center there is an image of floating loggerhead turtle, along the edge of the coin – a stylized image of waves, at the bottom – the face value «20 c». On the left – a semicircular inscription – «LOGGERHEAD TURTLE».
A brief annotation
The coin represents the Silver Coin Series – Marine Protected Areas. The South African Government has established a network of seven Marine Protected Areas within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The MPA network was created to conserve South Africa’s offshore biodiversity and to ensure the sustainable use of its offshore marine resources. The coin shows a loggerhead turtle – the only member of the genus loggerhead. Due to the reduction of their number (the eggs of these turtles are considered a delicacy, before they were used in confectionery products), this species is listed in the Red Book as vulnerable.