Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant, Coin from Zambia - detailed information

Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant, Coin from Zambia (demonetised 2013)
CoinSilver Ounce 1999 African Elephant

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 a range of silver coins made by the Bavarian Central Mint for Zambia, and features a family of African elephants. It is not, however, part of the African Wildlife series featuring elephants, of which there is another coin for 1999.

MintBavarian Central Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Zambia / Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant - 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.

Around above, the name of the country: ZAMBIA. Around below, the date of issue 1999.

Obverse Inscription ZAMBIA 1999
Zambia / Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse of the coin displays an adult elephant walking together with a baby, their trunks embracing.

Around above, the scientific name of the species: LOXODONTA AFRICANA.

Around below, the face value 5000 KWACHA.

Reverse Inscription LOXODONTA AFRICANA 5000 KWACHA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof.

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Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant: Details
PeriodFirst Kwacha (1966 - 2013)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
SymbolCoat of Arms of Zambia
Face Value5000 (x Kwacha)
CurrentNo; demonetised 2013
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.600 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
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Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant: Photos
Coin, Zambia, 5000 Kwacha 1999
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Silver Ounce 1999 African Elephant: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsZambia KM# 92