The African elephant is the largest terrestrial creature inhabiting planet Earth today. Viewed by many as docile creatures, elephants can in fact react aggressively when challenged by predators or hunters. The Bavarian State Mint honors the elephant each year with a depiction on the reverse side of the Silver Somalian Elephant coin from the African Wildlife Series. Today, you can own a 2008 1 oz Silver Somalian Elephant coin from Silver.com in brilliant uncirculated condition.
While many of the world’s popular silver bullion coin programs use the same images on the obverse and reverse side of coins each year, the African Wildlife Series uses a different image of the elephant on the coin’s reverse from one year to the next. The program has not, to date, repeated the use of any image.
On the reverse side of the 2008 Silver Somalian Elephant Coin is this year’s unique image of African elephants. In the image, a mother elephant and her calf stand out among a herd of adult elephants in the background. The mother and calf are easily visible in the foreground, while four additional adults are visible walking behind.
The obverse side of the Silver Somalian Elephant bears the same image each year. The coat of arms for the Republic of Somalia is featured on this side. In the image, a heraldic shield is supported on either side by a leopard. Below the leopards are two crossed spears, while a wreath surrounds the image.
A state-owned entity of the Free State of Bavaria, the Bavarian State Mint has operated in the area of Munich, Germany since 1158. It is the sole facility responsible for producing coins for the African Wildlife Series from the Republic of Somalia.
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