Gold Elephant Series (Somalia)
One of the most interesting aspects of the Gold Elephant Coin is the location of the coin's production: the Das Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt Mint, or the Bavarian State Mint. Over 800 years old, the Bavarian State Mint has been producing coins since 1158, and it is the oldest company in Munich. One of the five German state mints, the Bavarian State Mint produces collector coins, medals and seals.
Besides its place of manufacture, another of the Gold coin's desirable attributes is its striking design. Celebrating the beauty of the animal kingdom, the Gold Elephant Coin portrays one of the largest mammals found on the African plains, the elephant. Retaining the same design since the Gold coin's release, the obverse of the Gold Elephant Coin depicts two leopards supporting a shield and five-pointed star. Beneath the leopards appears a ribbon draped over two crossed lances and two crossed palm fronds. However, unlike the obverse, the reverse of the Gold Elephant Coin changes annually but always features an illustration of a majestic elephant in its natural habitat.
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