|Coin||Silver Ounce 2017 African Leopard|
The Ghanaian Cedi has been the currency of Ghana since 1965, when it replaced the pre-decimal Ghanaian Pound.
Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These are typically in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).
This coin is the first release in a series by the Scottsdale Mint featuring the African Leopard.
As the first release in this series, this beautiful and intricate piece showcases an African Leopard on the prowl, ready to pounce towards its prey. The one-of-a-kind obverse features an extraordinary textured surface mimicking the beautiful spots of the African Leopard.
The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
Normally, the initials of the designer Ian Rank-Broadley are below the neck truncation when this portrait of the Queen is used on coinage, but they are not displayed here.
Around above the effigy is the Queen's legend: ELIZABETH II, followed by the date of issue 2017 and the face value FIVE CEDIS. Around below, separated by those with two five-pointed stars, the legend of the country: * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *.
The background of the obverse is patterned with leopard spots.
It is unclear why the Queen's effigy and legend are shown, given that she was Queen of Ghana only until 1960, after which time the country became a republic.
The reverse design features a sleek African Leopard, perched on a rock, disguised by the tall surrounding grass, only moments from pouncing on its prey.
Around below, the inscription AFRICAN LEOPARD.
Around above right, the precious metal content: 1 oz 999 SILVER (one troy ounce of silver).
||AFRICAN LEOPARD 1 oz 999 SILVER
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Each coin comes in a protective plastic capsule. Multiples of 5 typically come in a sealed sheet. Multiples of 125 come in a larger box.
Coins in the African Leopard series include:
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, African Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, African Leopard, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, African Leopard, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, African Leopard, 2022