Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby, Coin from Zambia - detailed information

Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby, Coin from Zambia (demonetised 2013)
CoinSilver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby

The Kwacha is the official currency of Zambia. Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue bullion coins under its jurisdiction.

These coins are in the standard bullion size of one troy ounce of silver - designated as 1 oz Ag, where Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver. They were issued during the "first kwacha" period of the currency and were demonetised in 2013, when the "second kwatcha" was introduced at a rate of 1 new kwacha to 1,000 old.

This coin is part of the African Wildlife coin series by the Bavarian Central Mint, and features an adult elephant and a baby.

It is not usually considered to belong to the series, because it was issued in proof grade only and is denominated as 4,000 Kwacha. However, its design is exactly the same as the 1999 African Wildlife - Elephant coin, which is normally cited as the first coin in the series.

MintBavarian Central Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Zambia / Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby - obverse photo

Within a plain border, the obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of Zambia, featuring a shield with wavy vertical lines - a representation of Victoria Falls with water cascading over rocks. The shield is surmounted by a pick and hoe, crossed, representing the country's economic backbone: agriculture and mining; above them, an African fish eagle representing freedom and the nation's hope for the future. The shield is supported by two figures - a man on the left and a woman on the right; at their feet are represented Zambia's natural resources: minerals and mining, agriculture and wildlife.

On a ribbon below, which curls around an ear of corn, the national motto ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION, which emphasises the need for unity in a country of over 72 ethnic groups.

Below the Coat of Arms, the hallmark 999 indicates the 99.9% purity of the silver.

Around above, the name of the issuing authority: BANK OF ZAMBIA. The date of issue, 1998, is divided by the Coat of Arms.

Around below, the face value 5000 KWACHA.

Obverse Inscription BANK OF ZAMBIA 1998 4000 KWACHA
Reverse
Zambia / Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse of the coin displays an adult African elephant and its baby drinking water at a lake shore.

Around above, the name of the coin series: AFRICAN WILDLIFE.

Around below, · ELEPHANT and the precious metal content · 1 oz Ag 999 · (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN WILDLIFE · ELEPHANT · 1 oz Ag 999 ·
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Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby: Known varieties
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Images Zambia / Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby / Proof - obverse photo Zambia / Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
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Silver Ounce 1998 African Wildlife - Elephant and Baby: Details
CountryZambia
CurrencyKwacha
PeriodFirst Kwacha (1966 - 2013)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued1998
SymbolCoat of Arms of Zambia
Face Value4000 (x Kwacha)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo; demonetised 2013
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-QZYV-EVRB
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsZambia KM# 195