Poachers and hunters have pushed the African Elephant to the brink of extinction on more than one occasion. Despite the effort of national governments across Africa, the elephant has fought an uphill battle for survival as mankind aggressively hunts and kills the creatures for their prized ivory tusks. The Bavarian State Mint celebrates the elephant and sheds a spotlight on its plight with the Silver Somalian Elephant coin. Today, you can purchase one of these 2009 1 oz. Silver Somalian Elephant coins in brilliant, uncirculated condition from Silver.com.
The Silver Somalian Elephants are one of the few national silver bullion coin programs to use an alternating image on the reverse side of its coins from year to year. The image of African Elephants is changed each year in the series, with some using multiple elephants while others focus on one creature and include greater background detail.
On the reverse side of the coin is this year’s unique elephant imagery. On the coin’s surface, a bull elephant is visible with its trunk raised as it bellows out. In the foreground, the short grass along the banks of a river is visible, while the sun sets in the distance beyond the horizon. The obverse side of the coin bears the standard image of the coat of arms for the Republic of Somalia. Engravings on the obverse include “Somali Republic,” the face value (100 Schillings), and year of minting, which is split on either side of the coat of arms.
The Bavarian State Mint was first established in 1158, making it one of the oldest mints in Europe. The mint is a state-owned entity of the Free State of Bavaria, and its headquarters is located in the city of Munich in Germany.
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