Somalia Leopard 1oz Silver Coin 2019
|Packing:||Single in bag; 20 per Tube|
|Grading:||Mint State; Uncirculated|
The 2019 Somalia “Leopard” 1 oz silver coin is the second edition in the series. The coin builds on the success of the "Somalia Elephant" series. Both coins are part of the "African Wildlife" series, from the Republic of Somalia.
The "African Wildlife Leopard" has been issued since 2018 in gold and silver. The 2019 Somalia Leopard 1oz silver coin is limited to 30,000 copies. Each year features a new design, but will always show one or more leopards in their natural habitat. Due to the extremely attractive design and the limited mintage, the 2019 Somalia Silver Leopard is categorized as a semi-numismatic coin. As a result, the Somalia Leopard is ideal for both collectors and investors.
The Somalia Leopard is issued by the Republic of Somalia and manufactured by the Bavarian State Mint in Germany.
The Somalia Leopard 1 ounce silver coin has a fineness of 999.9/1000 and a diameter of 39.00 mm. The nominal value is 100 shillings. To protect against damage and security, the coin has an edge bar and a ribbed edge.
The motif side shows a cub playing with his mother against the backdrop of the African savannah with sunset. The animals are depicted is a very realistic and detailed manner with the unique patterns of the leopards coat clearly visible. The inscription that surrounds the outer coin edge reads "AFRICAN WILDLIFE ● LEOPARD ● 1 oz Ag 999.9".
On the value side is the coat of arms of the Republic of Somalia. This shows two leopards holding a shield with a five-pointed crown. The leopards are standing on two crossed spears decorated with banners and palm fronds. The issuing country "SOMALI REPUBLIC" is engraved on the top outer edge. The face value "100 SHILLINGS" can be seen on the bottom. The year 2019 is shown in the middle, to the left and right of the leopards. A border of dots decorates the outer edge.
The African Leopard
The Somalia Leopard Silver coin is dedicated to the African leopard, which like the elephant belongs to the Big Five.
The leopard belongs to the family of cats and mainly lives in Africa and Asia. The leopard is on the red list of endangered species. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the “Big Five” (leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo and lion) fell victim to big-game hunters. The hunt for the "Big Five" is prohibited today. To support species conservation, these animals live in national parks.
Only about 250,000 leopards live in Africa. They live in a wide range of African habitats including mountainous forests, grasslands and savannahs. Up to 86,000 leopard skins were traded annually from 1976 to 1990, which was mainly due to the exceptional coat color. Due to the strong ostracism and trade restrictions of fur clothing, the leopard skin trade stopped. Today's threat to the leopard exists through the destruction of his habitat by humans. Lions, hyenas, jackals and wild dogs are the natural enemies of the leopard.
Country of origin: Somalia
Manufacturer: Bavarian State Mint Germany
Year of issue: 2019
Circulation: 30,000 coins
Weight: 1 troy ounce
Diameter: 39.00 mm
Purity: 99.99% silver
Nominal value: 100 shillings
Scratch resistance: Poor