2013 Somalia 1 oz Silver Elephant BU

2013 Somalia 1 oz Silver Elephant BU

This 2013 1 oz Silver Somalian African Elephant coin from the African Wildlife Coin Series appeals to coin collectors around the world for its depiction of one of the most fascinating animals found in Africa: the elephant.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Comes in protective plastic.
  • Struck at the Bavarian State Mint in Munich, Germany.
  • Obverse: The Somalian Coat of Arms and the date along with the face value of 100 shillings.
  • Reverse: Possibly searching for food, a family of Somalian African Elephants is featured.
  • Minted at the Bavarian State Mint in Germany.

With a design that changes yearly, adding instant collectibility and interest, this coin is sure to be a hit with collectors around the world. Add this 2013 Silver Somalian Elephant to your cart today!

The Silver Somalian Elephant honors the spirit and magnificent wildlife that can be seen throughout the African savannah. First released in 1999 as the Zambian Silver Elephant, the Silver Elephant is available in two sizes: 1 oz and 1 kilo. This Silver bullion coin is treasured for its .9999 fine Silver and stunning designs.

As one of the only bullion coins in the world to change its design annually, the Silver Elephant series is certainly unique. The reverse of the Silver Elephant always features one or more elephants in their natural habitat. Since 2004, the obverse has featured the seal of Somalia, showing two leopards supporting a shield and five-pointed star. Beneath them is a ribbon draped over two crossed lances and two cross palm fronds. Prior to 2004, the obverse depicted the seal of Zambia.

Silver Elephants are minted at what is said to be the oldest company in Munich. Established in 1158, the Bavarian State Mint, locally referred to as Das Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt, was established under the authorization of Heinrich dem Löwen. The mint is known for its quality and high standards in manufacturing collector coins, seals and medals.

The ever-changing design is not the only thing unique about this Silver bullion coin. From 1999 until 2003, the Silver Elephant coin series was produced by the Bavarian State Mint for Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa. In 2004, the mint transferred the series’ legend to the Somalia Republic, a coastal nation located on the horn of Africa. However, experts have questioned the validity of this authorization. Somalia does not recognize Silver Elephants as legal tender and the coins have never been distributed by the Central Bank of Somalia. Much of the confusion can be attributed to the political turmoil and strife that is currently afflicting Somalia. Civil war also plagued the country, interfering with Somalia’s efforts to work towards building a federal parliamentary republic. These circumstances are likely reasons for the lack of sufficient documentation to support the Bavarian State Mint’s claims of authorization. Despite these issues, some experts suggest that the ambiguity surrounding Somalia’s approval only adds to the Silver Elephant coin’s value.
Customer Reviews of 2013 Somalia 1 oz Silver Elephant BU
2013 Somalia 1 oz Silver Elephant BU
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Attractive Design

By  Robert

from San Dimas, CA

5.0

Bought this as I would like to complete a set of elephants. Coin was in beautiful condition. Very happy with my purchase.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Recognized Brand

Nice

By  lk

from WI

4.0

Arrived with the flip torn open. Would appear that the coin is to big for the common coin flip. I think they should have came in coin capsules. No damage happened to the coin though, fantastic coin!

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Very nice

By  MCW

from Connecticut

5.0

I love unusual designs on my silver coins, nature and animals in particular. Great look, almost proof like. The price was also fantastic at the time, though they have since gone up about $5 per coin.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

enjoy the uniqueness !

By  Freedom1st

from Belle, oh

5.0

Bouth thesse because of unique design and it changes every year. Looking forward to '14's . Would be nice is they came in capsules like australia coins but it would cost more also.

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design

One of my favorites

By  Johhny lasagna

from wisconsin

5.0

this coin is great, look at what the older years are going for and its a no brainer

coins are beautiful, except bottom one.

By  saphenous19

from Kansas City KS

4.0

The coins are nice, but the bottom one in each of my two tubes was tarnished. Apmex is replacing them I hope. The rerurn process has been very user friendly so far... I learned about this issue on a silver blog I follow. Another member mentioned the same problem so I checked mine. I learned to look at each coin of each order.

Pros

  • Recognized Brand
  • Easy to Sell
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition

Great Addition

By  Miggs01

from Seattle, WA

5.0

This was a great addition to my collection of silver coins. This has a great design and was purchased at a low premium. A win/win!

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

Cons

  • None

My new favorite silver round!

By  Drew

from Canton, Ohio

5.0

Gotta love the elephants! This is a quality round, all of the pieces in the tube that I purchased had the same beautiful finish and no scratches, nicks or issues of any kind. Highly recommend this item!

Pros

  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition

Great looking coin!

By  Chris

from Destin, FL

5.0

I bought this coin on a special and am very happy. Came in plastic with no marks or scratches.

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Great bullion coin.

By  nameless

from Illinois

5.0

Attractive design every year on this bullion coin.Prompt delivery.

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand

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