Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion, Coin from Ghana - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion, Coin from Ghana
CoinSilver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion

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).

The Cave Lion is the eighth and final design in the Giants of the Ice Age coin series, which features eight large pre-historic animals; each coin in the series was issued in three different formats. The series was produced by German company Auragentum, with the coins struck by Leipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung (a division of Geiger Edelmetalle).

The Cave Lion (Panthera spelaea) evolved from P. fossilis about 460,000 years ago in central Europe during the late Saalian glaciation or early Eemian and would have been common throughout Eurasia from 450,000 to 13,000 years ago, when it went extinct.

Analysis of fossil bone samples revealed that it was highly distinct and genetically isolated from the modern lion (Panthera leo) occurring in Africa and Central Asia. Panthera spelaea is thought to have been one of the largest lion species. The skeleton of an adult male found in 1985 near Siegsdorf in Germany had a shoulder height of around 1.2 m and a head-body length of 2.1 m without the tail, similar in size to large modern lions, and larger examples have been found, with the heaviest estimated to weigh 339 kg.

The cave lion was probably predominantly found in open habitats such as steppe and grasslands, although it would also have occurred in open woodlands as well. It was one of the keystone species of the mammoth steppe, being one of the main apex predators alongside grey wolf, cave hyena and brown bear. Cave bear cubs, reindeer and other cervids were prominent in the diet of cave lions.

MintLeipziger Edelmetallverarbeitung Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
Ghana / Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Ghana. It has a a shield, quartered with a large cross in the middle; in the first quarter (upper left) is a sword used by traditional chiefs, and a staff used by the linguist (known as an okyeame in Akan), at ceremonies - a symbol for the traditional authority of Ghana; in the second quarter, a representation of Osu Castle on the sea, the presidential palace on the Gulf of Guinea, as a symbol of the national government; in the third quarter is a cocoa tree, a symbol of the agricultural wealth of Ghana; the fourth quarter shows a gold mine, which stands for the richness of industrial minerals and natural resources in Ghana.

A lion in the middle of St George's Cross represents the continuing link between Ghana and the Commonwealth of Nations. The crest is a Black Star of Africa. Supporting the shield are two Tawny eagles, with the Order of the Star of Ghana suspended from their necks. The compartment upon which the supporters stand is composed of a grassy field, under which a scroll bears the national motto of Ghana: FREEDOM AND JUSTICE.

In the exergue, the name of the country: REPUBLIC OF GHANA, below which the face value: 5 CEDIS.

The rim around above is wide and is decorated with wide radial stripes.

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Reverse
Ghana / Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a snarling cave lion walking to left, its body partly obscuring the rim.

Around above in the central circle, the name of the coin series: GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE.

On two lines below left, the metal content: 1 OZ AG 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver).

Around below, the date of issue 2022.

Around above, a common element of all designs in the series: eight pictograms representing each of the Giants of the Ice Age designs. The cave lion is the last of them and is highlighted by being incuse (cut into the surface) while the others are in relief.

Reverse Inscription GIANTS OF THE ICE AGE 1 OZ AG 999 2022
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule.

See also

Coins in the Giants of the Ice Age series include:
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Woolly Mammoth, 2019
- 1 kg Silver BU, Woolly Mammoth, 2019
- 1 oz Silver BU, Woolly Mammoth, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Irish Elk, 2019
- 1 kg Silver BU, Irish Elk, 2019
- 1 oz Silver BU, Irish Elk, 2019
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Tiger), 2020
- 1 kg Silver BU, Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Tiger), 2020
- 1 oz Silver BU, Smilodon (Sabre-toothed Tiger), 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Cave Bear, 2020
- 1 kg Silver BU, Cave Bear, 2020
- 1 oz Silver BU, Cave Bear, 2020
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Woolly Rhinoceros, 2021
- 1 kg Silver BU, Woolly Rhinoceros, 2021
- 1 oz Silver BU, Woolly Rhinoceros, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Aurochs, 2021
- 1 kg Silver BU, Aurochs, 2021
- 1 oz Silver BU, Aurochs, 2021
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Reindeer, 2022
- 1 kg Silver BU, Reindeer, 2022
- 1 oz Silver BU, Reindeer, 2022
- 1 oz Gold Proof, Cave Lion, 2022
- 1 kg Silver BU, Cave Lion, 2022
- 1 oz Silver BU, Cave Lion, 2022

All (16) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2017 African Leopard 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2017 FIVE CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2017 Werewolf vs The Count unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2017 5 CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2017 Beyond the Grave unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2017 5 CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2018 African Leopard 8,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2018 FIVE CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2019 Giants of the Ice Age - Woolly Mammoth 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2019 Giants of the Ice Age - Irish Elk 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2019 African Leopard 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2019 FIVE CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2020 Giants of the Ice Age - Smilodon 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2020 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Bear 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2020 African Leopard 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 2020 FIVE CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2021 Giants of the Ice Age - Woolly Rhinoceros 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2021 Giants of the Ice Age - Aurochs 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2021 Alien 29,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait REPUBLIC OF GHANA · 2021 FIVE CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2021 African Leopard 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II · FIVE CEDIS * REPUBLIC OF GHANA *
Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Reindeer 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion 15,000 Coat of Arms of Ghana REPUBLIC OF GHANA 5 CEDIS
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Silver Ounce 2022 Giants of the Ice Age - Cave Lion: Details
CountryGhana
CurrencyCedi
PeriodGhana Cedi (2007 - present)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2022
EffigyCoat of Arms of Ghana
Face Value1000 (x Cedi)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-DRNR-ENQG
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