Every year since 2004, the Bavarian State Mint has struck the Silver Somalian Elephant coin with a new design. The series celebrates the creatures survival in the face of extinction, and calls attention to the continued danger the animal faces at the hands of illegal poachers. You can now purchase a 2012 1 oz Silver Somalian Elephant Coin from Silver.com in brilliant uncirculated condition.
African Elephants have been the target of big-game hunters and poachers for over one-hundred years. Rather than using the animals for clothing, shelter, or food, elephants have been pushed to the brink of extinction by those looking to profit off the value of its ivory tusks. Today, conservation efforts by regional governments, and programs like the African Wildlife Series coins, raise awareness of the threats still facing the African Elephant.
Each year the Silver Somalian Elephant Coin is struck, a new image is featured on the reverse side. For the 2012 1 oz Silver Somalian Elephant Coin, a male bull elephant leads a herd of elephants as they march across the open savanna. A tall tree is visible in the middle of the background image, with two other elephants walking past its trunk.
The obverse side of the Silver Somalian Elephant coins feature the same imagery from one year to the next. On this side, the coat of arms for the Republic of Somalia is displayed. The heraldic shield of the nation bears a single star in the center, with a backdrop of horizontal lines. On either side, the shield is supported by leopards. Below the shield, two large spears cross one another. A wreath surrounds the entire shield.
The Bavarian State Mint is the facility responsible for producing African Wildlife Series Coins, including the Silver Somalian Elephant coin. The Mint is a state-owned entity within the Free State of Bavaria, and its headquarters is located in the city of Munich, Germany. Originally founded in 1158, it is one of Europe’s oldest mints.
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