Palau – 2012 – 5 Dollars – Flora & Mountains TABLE MOUNTAIN (incl box) (PROOF)
Face Value Metal Fineness Weight Diameter Quality Mintage
5 Dollars Silver .925 25gr 38.61mm PROOF 2500
The landmark of the South African city Cape Town, the world famous Table Mountain, is situated in an area containing unique flora and fauna. The imposing mountain is located in the northern part of the Cape Peninsular (approx. 53 km long), while in the South the Cape of Good Hope has been both loved and dreaded by Seafaring people for centuries.
The 430 million year old Table Mountain was originally about five times higher than it is today. Millenniums of wind- and water erosion have formed the famous flat profile of the white quartz rocks. The 6000 hectare wide nature conservation area, around and on the 1087 m high solid rock, has an extensive flora and fauna. Many of the plants growing here can only be found here. The fauna is varied too. Thus, a close relative of elephants inhabits the escarpments of this mountain: Rock Dassies like being observed and are sometimes even fed by tourists who mainly explore the mountain by cablecar.