Gold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant, Coin from Somalia - detailed information

Gold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant, Coin from Somalia
CoinGold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant

The Somali Shilling is the official currency of Somalia. Due to inflation though, regular cash circulation in the country is handled not by coins but mostly by banknotes and foreign currency.

The country has also authorised the Bavarian Central Mint to issue bullion coins under its jurisdiction. The African Wildlife Series features a new design every year and has become very popular with collectors and bullion investors worldwide. The coins are in standard bullion sizes, including a mini-coin one fiftieth of a troy ounce of gold format - designated as 1/50 oz Au, where Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

This is the second issue in the African Wildlife bullion coin series by the Bavarian Central Mint, and features an Elephant.

MintBavarian Central Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,000
Obverse
Somalia / Gold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of Somalia, featuring a shield (its blue colour indicated in "heraldic hatching" by thin horizontal lines), in the centre of which is a five-pointed star. The shield is surmounted by a decorated emblem with five heads, the with two lateral ones halved. The shield is borne from the sides by two cheetahs stepping on spears and facing each other under the lower point of the shield, along with two palm leaves, which are interlaced with a white ribbon.

Around above, the name of the country in English: SOMALI REPUBLIC. The date of issue, 2005, is divided by the Coat of Arms.

Around below, the face value 20 SHILLINGS.

Obverse Inscription SOMALI REPUBLIC 2005 20 SHILLINGS
Reverse
Somalia / Gold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse of the coin displays the image of a trumpeting African elephant against a background of trees.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN WILDLIFE 1/50 oz Au 999.9
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Coins in the African Wildlife series issued for Somalia in 2005 include:
- 1/50 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2005
- 1 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2005

All (12) coins of type: Gold Fiftieth-Ounce (1/50 oz)
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Gold Fiftieth-Ounce 2005 African Wildlife - Elephant: Details
CountrySomalia
CurrencySomali Shilling
PeriodSecond Shilling (1990 - present)
Coin TypeGold Fiftieth-Ounce (1/50 oz)
Issued2005
SymbolCoat of Arms of Somalia
Face Value200 (x Shilling - Second Shilling)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Thickness0.460 mm
Mass0.622 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-AKKQ-EYPL
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSomalia KM# 194