2015 Somalia 1 kilo Silver Elephant Puzzle Coin

2015 Somalia 1 kilo Silver Elephant Puzzle Coin

The 2015 1 kilo Silver Elephant Puzzle Coin from the African Wildlife Coin Series appeals to coin collectors all over the world for its depiction of one of the most magnificent animals found in Africa: the elephant.

Coin Highlights:

  • Celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Somalia Elephant coin series with this extremely limited edition 2015 Proof Silver Somali Silver Elephant 1 Kilo Puzzle Coin.
  • Extremely limited mintage of only 215 coins.
  • Contains 1 kilo (32.15 oz) of .999 fine Silver.
  • This coin comes in a custom capsule, housed in a beautiful wooden presentation case with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Features the new design of a triumphant bull elephant in tall grass, surrounded by the inscription "12th Anniversary African Wildlife Elephant 2004-2015. Encircling the center are 12 interlocking puzzle pieces of pure silver, each one bearing the dated design of one of the past Somalia Elephant coins. The whole ensemble locks together to form a 1 kilo collage of magnificent elephant images.
  • Reverse: Features the Somali Republic coat of arms, and the denomination of 800 Shillings. The reverse of each puzzle piece also carries the Somali coat of arms, and has the face value of 100 shillings. This makes a total of 2000 Shillings total face value.
  • Guaranteed by the Bavarian State Mint in Germany.
Struck at the Bavarian State Mint in Munich, Germany, these 2015 Silver Somalia African Elephant coins are legal tender in Somalia. Add this magnificent 2015 Somalian 1 kilo Silver 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.

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