Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys, Coin from Somalia - detailed information

Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys, Coin from Somalia
CoinGold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys

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 very small one twenty-fifth of a troy ounce of gold format - designated as 1/25 oz Au, where Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

The image of the three monkeys covering their eyes, ears and mouth originates from a Buddhist proverb and symbolises the ideal attitude toward evil.

"o see nothing, to hear nothing, to say nothing". This proverb has its origins in an ancient Buddhist legend. In Japanese it goes: "Mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru". The verb's negative form - zaru - is phonetically similar to the Japanese word for monkey, saru. This signifies that all the wisdom in this world is represented by three monkeys covering each others ears, mouth and eyes.

This image dates back to the 17th century and quickly attained popularity around the world. The extent to which the meaning of the Three Wise Monkeys has changed over time is remarkable. The statement "I won't look, won't listen and won't speak", or more accurately "complete apathy", is now understood to symbolise ignorance and the absence of courage to stand up for one's beliefs. Yet, originally the three monkeys stood for exactly the opposite: an absolute and perfect exposure to all evil. In Asia, this is still how the symbol is viewed. The Buddhist teaching refers to: "See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil". Needless to say that the three chimpanzees on the gold coin represent the eastern tradition: Avoid all evil!

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage25,000
Somalia / Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys - obverse photo

Within a plain border, the reverse 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. Around below, the face value 4000 SHILLINGS.

Obverse Inscription SOMALI REPUBLIC 4000 SHILLINGS
Somalia / Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a depiction of three monkeys - one has covered its years with its hands, the other one its mouth and the third one its eyes.

Around above, the inscription THE THREE WISE MONKEYS. The date of issue, 2006, is around below.

Reverse Inscription THE THREE WISE MONKEYS 2006
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The coin was struck by B.H. Mayer for CIT Coin Invest.
CIT Item ID: 22259

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There is also a silver coin with the same design.

All (12) coins of type: Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz)
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Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2006 Three Wise Monkeys: Details
CurrencySomali Shilling
PeriodSecond Shilling (1990 - present)
Coin TypeGold Twenty-fifth Ounce (1/25 oz)
SymbolCoat of Arms of Somalia
Face Value4000 (x Shilling - Second Shilling)
Total Mintage25,000
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.920 mm
Thickness0.5400 mm
Mass1.244 g
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