|Coin||Gold Twenty-fifth Ounce 2012 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 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.
This coin is part of the African Wildlife bullion coin series by the Bavarian Central Mint, and features the Elephant.
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, 2012, is divided by the Coat of Arms.
Around below, the face value 50 SHILLINGS.
At centre, the reverse of the coin shows three African elephants walking to right in the savanna, with trees and a bird in the background.
Around above, the name of the coin series: AFRICAN WILDLIFE.
Around below, · ELEPHANT and the precious metal content · 1/25 oz Au 999 · (one twenty-fifth of a troy ounce of 99.9% gold).
||AFRICAN WILDLIFE · ELEPHANT · 1/25 oz Au 999 ·
Coins in the African Wildlife series issued for Somalia in 2012 include:
- 1/25 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012
- 1/50 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012
- 2 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012
- 1 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012
- 1/2 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012
- 1/4 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2012