|Coin||Silver Kilo 2015 African Wildlife - Elephant Puzzle Coin|
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 massive one kilogram of silver format - designated as 1 kg Ag, where Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver.
This coin is a special edition for the 12th anniversary of the African Wildlife Series (officially named the 12th anniversary Jubilee Edition) by the Bavarian Central Mint, and features a special Elephant design plus twelve sections with each of the annual designs issued to that point in time.
It is in the form of a "puzzle" which can be taken apart, with one circular central piece and twelve interlocking smaller pieces coming together around it, each a separate "coin".
Within a beaded border, the obverse of the central 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, 2015, is divided by the Coat of Arms. Around below, the face value 800 SHILLINGS.
Each puzzle piece (mini coin) around the central circle also features the same design within a plain rim, with the difference that the face value is 100 shillings, thus making up the total nominal face value of the coin equal to 2,000 shillings.
At centre, the reverse of the coin shows the image of an elephant raising its trunk and stomping through the grass, against a backdrop of the outline of the map of the African continent.
Around above, the inscription: 12TH ANNIVERSARY AFRICAN WILDLIFE ELEPHANT.
Around below left, the anniversary dates · 2004 - 2015.
The puzzle pieces around feature the respective designs for all editions of the series from 2004 until 2015, with the respective year date (starting from top, clockwise):
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2004,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2005,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2006,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2007,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2008,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2009,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2010,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2011,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2012,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2013,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2014,
- African Wildlife Elephant - 2015.
||12TH ANNIVERSARY AFRICAN WILDLIFE ELEPHANT · 2004 - 2015
Silver content (troy ounces): 32.151.
Packaging: in wooden presentation box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Coins in the African Wildlife series issued for Somalia in 2015 include:
- 5 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1/2 oz Gold, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1 kg Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1 kg Silver Jubilee Edition (Puzzle Coin), African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 2 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1/2 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015
- 1/4 oz Silver, African Wildlife - Elephant, 2015