The Silver Zambian Elephant coin was launched in 1999 as a silver bullion coin issued for the nation of Zambia by the Bavarian State Mint of Germany. The coins remain immensely popular today, but are now known as the Silver Somalian Elephant coins. Silver.com currently offers the 1999 1 oz Silver Zambian Elephant Coin for purchase online.
- First issue of the Silver Zambian Elephant coin!
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of 5,000 Kwacha by the Bank of Zambia.
- Obverse features the very first African Elephant design.
- Reverse bears the seal of the nation of Zambia.
When the Silver Zambian Elephant coins debuted in 1999, it marked the beginning of a long-running African Elephant Series from the Bavarian State Mint. These coins have long featured a new elephant-themed design on the obverse face, with reverse design features change twice in the coin’s history.
The 1999 1 oz Silver Zambian Elephant coin was the first of five in the African Elephant Series struck for the nation of Zambia, backed by the Bank of Zambia. Following the release of the 2003 coin, the Bavarian State Mint changed the nation of issue from Zambia to Somalia, despite a lack of governmental acknowledgement of the Somalian issue.
On the obverse of the 1999 1 oz Silver Zambian Elephant coin you’ll find the very first of the African Elephant designs. This design features a mature elephant watching over a young calf as it drinks from the waters of the African savanna. Engravings read “African Wildlife” above and “Elephant” below, along with the weight, purity, and metal content.
The reverse side of the Silver Zambian Elephant originally featured the national crest of Zambia. Engravings on this side of the coin feature “Bank of Zambia” across the top, the purity across the middle, and the face value of the coin along the bottom.
Bavarian State Mint is a state-owned entity of the Free State of Bavaria. Founded in the 12th century, it is one of Germany’s oldest mints and today is one of its few official state mints.
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