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THE BENIN ELEPHANT Antique Finish Protection De La Nature 2 Oz Silver Coin 1500 Francs Benin 2015


First issue of the Benin Elephant Antique Finish Edition. The coin is remarkable because of the high relief. The mint went to the limit of regular minting to create a relief which at some points reach a height of 1.5 mm. So it is really an Ultra High Relief. Since this term is nowadays used very inflationary among the coin business the company named it Ultra High Relief Plus.

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Benin Elephant
The African Forest Elephant is the little brother of the more known Bush Elephant. As his name indicates he dwells in the jungle region of Western and Central Africa instead in the savannahs. The Bush Elephant may be the star of all the animal documentaries, and so only few people are aware of the existence and the critical status of the Forest Elephant population. Were are approximately half a million Bush Elephants all over Africa, but less than hundred thousand Forest Elephants, and the number is decreasing at an alarming rate due to the increasing numbers of poachers and due to civil wars and poverty. The Forest Elephant needs our help, and the first step is to make known his species and his problems to the world.

  • CountryBenin
  • Year2015
  • Face Value1500 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)62.2 (2 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)46
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)250
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's obverse depicts a mother elephant with a children elephant walking across the African Savana. On top the inscription "Protection de la Nature" and "Elephant du Benin". The issue date and the Silver weight and fineness are present in the coin obverse. The coin's reverse depicts the coat of Arms the the Benin Republic and the face value.