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Serengeti Big 5 – High Relief Silver Coins

The Serengeti and the big five are a deadly combination. An even deadlier combination are those two combined with high relief silver coins. This is exactly what the Big 5 coin series of Tanzania offers; high relief Tanzanian coins with a high silver content, featuring members of the big five in the Serengeti. This is not even to mention the high face value and other positive factors… all factors that will be discussed in this article.  

Serengeti Big 5

The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. This is the first two of a total number of five coins that will be released in this series. Each coin will feature a member of the big five in the Serengeti ecosystem and will be struck in proof quality with a high relief finish, making these coins highly collectible.

The Big Five

For those not familiar with the use of the term “big 5” in this instance, it is used to refer to the big five game animals which roam Africa, namely the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard, and last but not least, the White or Black rhinoceros.

the big 5

The big 5 – Source of Image: GreatAfricanSafaris.com

The Serengeti

The Serengeti, one of East Africa’s most admired game areas and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is an ecosystem of 12,000 square miles that is located within the African countries of Tanzania and Kenya. The governments of these countries manage a number of protected areas within this ecosystem; protected areas that are helping to ensure that 80% plus of this ecosystem enjoys legal protection. These protected areas consist of game reserves, national parks and other conservation areas. 

What makes the Serengeti truly spectacular is the fact that it is host to the largest terrestrial migration on the planet. It is therefore no wonder that the name “Serengeti” brings to mind scenes of mass animal migration as featured in wildlife shows such as Animal Planet and the National Geographic Channel.

To give you an idea of what is meant by mass animal migration…

Interesting enough, the name “Serengeti” originates from the word “Serengit” in the Maasai language, which means “Endless Plains.” A very fitting description considering the vastness of the Serengeti. Its diverse habitats are home to a great number of large mammals, including the big five, and no less than 500 bird species.

African Lion Facts

The term “African lion” is used to collectively refer to the several subspecies of lions that can be found in Africa. The lion, scientifically known as Panthera lio, is a member of the Felidae family. It is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera. This genus was first described in 1816 by German naturalist Lorenz Okenfuss. He counted among those who believed that the significance of life is derived from a force that cannot be fully explained through scientific means alone.

african lion

More African lion facts include:

  • Second Largest Cat: A few male lions exceed 550 lb in weight.
  • Vulnerable species: African lions have seen a considerable decline in numbers due to a number of reasons, including habitat loss and poaching. It is estimated that the African lion population has declined 80-90% since 1975 and that only about 32,000 are left in the wild. This might not sound like a big deal, but if one considers that 200,000 African lions were in the wild 40 years ago, then none of these lions will be left in the wild in another 40 years if the rate of decline is not stopped. This makes the Serengeti ecosystem a vital component in the survival of the African lion.
  • Wild vs Captivity: Lions can live 10-14 years in the wild and 20 years plus in captivity. Male lions normally don’t live longer than 10 years in the wild. This is mainly due to injuries sustained during fighting over territory and females. Is it the same reason why women tend to live longer than men? It certainly makes one wonder.
  • Grassland and Savanna: The typical, although not exclusive, habitat of African lions include grassland and savanna that can be found in the Serengeti and other places in Africa.
  • Social Life: Lions live a very social life when compared to the social life of other cats. Family is at the top of their social lives. A family of lions is called a pride and normally consists of female family members, offspring and a few adult males.
  • Hunting: Female lions hunt together in groups. Lions are in general keystone as well as apex predators. This in essence means that they will both hunt and scavenge for food. They normally do so in a 50:50 ratio.

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African Elephant Facts

The African elephant, the largest terrestrial animal still in existence today, forms part of the genus Loxodonta, a term derived out of Greek. Loxodonta includes two species, namely the bigger African bush elephant (Loxodonta Africana) and the smaller African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).

The African elephant can be found in the Serengeti where these giants of Africa enjoy relative peace and calm, especially within government controlled protected areas. However, poaching has become a huge problem outside of these areas. E.g. an aerial report of 2014 shows that a total of 192 elephant carcasses were discovered in the Serengeti. A 117 were discovered within Kenya’s side of the Serengeti and no less than 75 on the Tanzanian side. Even more worrying, 84% of the carcasses discovered in Kenya were discovered outside the protected areas and all the carcasses had tusks missing. This is a tell-tale sign of poaching activity and the sheer scale of untimely elephant deaths, shocked conservationists.

Interesting enough it was revealed in a scientific study that elephants tend to avoid known areas of danger and stress. This is why more elephants can be found within the protected areas in the Serengeti than outside where there are more people.

African Elephant

African elephant – Source of Image: World Animal Foundation

More African elephant facts include:

  • Big and Heavy: Measures up to 10 feet from ground level to shoulder and can weigh up to a massive 6.6 tons! Can you imagine it?
  • Trunk, Tusks and Ears: An elephant uses its trunk, which consists of more or less a 100,000 different muscles; for breathing, drinking, smelling and to grab items, including food. This while it uses its trunks to strip bark from trees, but perhaps most importantly, to dig out food and to find water. Male elephants also use their tusks when they battle for dominance or to protect themselves against intruders. The very same trunks are frequently the target of poachers. The reason being is because some people place a very high value on ivory. It has been used since ancient times in the making of ivory carvings and a range of other items, including dominoes, fans and even false teeth. An elephant’s ears radiate heat. This loss of heat plays an essential role in controlling its body temperature, especially to cool the animals in the African heat. In instances when it gets really hot, when the ears fail to get the job done, an elephant will find a water hole or spot of water to cool down in. This is normally followed by a mud bath, which leave its skin with a mud layer. This is nature’s way of protecting an elephant’s skin, something beauty spas have copied and pasted.
  • Social Life: Elephants are very sociable animals. Elephant cows normally live with their young in family herds. This while elephant bulls tend to separate themselves from the herd. They only pay a visit when it is time for business, when the females are in heat.
  • Sleeping Habits: Elephants don’t sleep a lot. The reason being, is because their large bodies need a lot of food. This means these giants use a great deal of time to roam large areas in the search for food. This constant necessity for large quantities of food presents a huge challenge, especially to pregnant cows that have to carry calves for close to 22 months. This completely overshadows the duration of pregnancy of all other mammals as well as the 9 months associated with human pregnancy.

Serengeti Big 5 Coins

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin

Obverse: 2014 Serengeti Lion Coin

The obverse of this lion coin features an African male lion against the back drop of acacia trees somewhere in the Serengeti. This while silhouettes of the big 5 are depicted in its mane alongside the rim of the coin. It also includes the following inscriptions: “LION”, the “BIG V” logo (in reference to the big 5) and the year of issue, namely “2014”.

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin Obverse

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin – Obverse

Reverse: 2014 Serengeti Lion Coin

The reverse of this lion coin features the Tanzania Coat of Arms. It also includes the following inscriptions: The country of issue “TANZANIA” and the denomination of a “1000 Shillings”, both inscriptions that make it Tanzania currency or legal tender in Tanzania.

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin Reverse

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin – Reverse

Specs: Big 5 Serengeti Lion Coin

  • Coin Weight and Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Coin Finish: High Relief
  • Strike Type: Proof
  • Coin Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Coin Denomination: 1000 Shillings
  • Year of Issue: 2014
  • Coin Mintage: 5,000
  • Country of Issue: Tanzania

Why should you be interested in this 1 oz high relief lion coin?

  • First coin in Serengeti Big 5 coin series.
  • Features a member of the big 5, namely the African lion.
  • Highly limited (5,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike and high relief finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Ideal Father’s Day gift.
  • More affordable than gold.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Coin

Obverse: 2015 Serengeti Elephant Coin

The obverse of this elephant coin features an African elephant against the back drop of acacia trees somewhere in the Serengeti. This while silhouettes of the big 5 are depicted alongside the rim of the coin to the left. It also includes the following inscriptions: “ELEPHANT”, the “BIG V” logo and the year of issue, namely “2015”.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Obverse

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant – Obverse

Reverse: 2015 Serengeti Elephant Coin

The reverse of this elephant coin features the Tanzania Coat of Arms. It also features a similar design and inscriptions as can be seen on the reverse of the lion coin.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Reverse

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant – Reverse

Specs: Big 5 Serengeti Elephant Coin

  • Coin Weight and Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Coin Finish: High Relief
  • Strike Type: Proof
  • Coin Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Coin Denomination: 1000 Shillings
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Coin Mintage: 5,000
  • Country of Issue: Tanzania

Why should you be interested in this 1 oz high relief elephant coin?

  • Second coin in Serengeti Big 5 coin series.
  • Features a member of the big 5, namely the African elephant.
  • Highly limited (5,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike and high relief finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Ideal Father’s Day gift.
  • More affordable than gold.

Ordering and Pricing

Both of the above-mentioned coins are available for sale at ModernCoinMart (MCM). Each coin comes certified and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC). Prices include free domestic shipping (within the States). They accept PayPal as payment from both US and non-US PayPal accounts and ship to more than 70 countries. Be sure to place your order here.

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  1. […] The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. Be sure to get more information here.  […]

  2. […] The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. Be sure to get more information here.  […]

  3. […] The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. Be sure to get more information here.  […]

  4. […] The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. Be sure to get more information here.  […]

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