Somalia/Zambia Silver Elephant Series (Other Sizes)
Somalia/Zambia Silver Elephant Series (Other Sizes) - The Silver Elephant Coin is one of the most fascinating coins in the African Wildlife Coin Series, which commemorates the characteristic fauna of Africa. Minted by the Das Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt Mint in Munich, Germany, Silver Elephant coins were first issued in 1999. Commissioned by Zambia until 2004, when the country of issue changed to Somalia, the German-manufactured 1 oz Silver Elephant Coin attracts attention from coin collectors all over the world. In 2017, the Silver Elephant coins expanded the series by adding fractions in the form of 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/2 oz sizes. All sizes now include: 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz and 1 kilo Silver coins.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Silver 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 Silver coin's desirable attributes is its striking design. Celebrating the beauty of the animal kingdom, the Silver Elephant Coin portrays one of the largest mammals found on the African plains: the elephant. Retaining the same design since the Silver coin's release, the obverse of the Silver 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 Silver Elephant Coin changes annually but always features an illustration of a majestic elephant in its natural habitat.
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