AFRICAN SPRINGBOK Shaped Full Sculpture Icon 1 Oz Silver Coin 1000 Francs Gabon 2016

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This beautiful Silver coin depicts one of the most well-known icon in the world, the African Springbok in his natural habitat, with an original 3D shape and very high relief. The coin is a full sculpture of this icon. Will be shipped in an attractive case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage 3.000 pcs worldwide.

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Country Gabon
Year 2016
Face Value 1000 Francs
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Size (mm) 40 x 50
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 3.000
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
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The African Sprinbok
The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The common name "springbok" comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat. The specific epithet marsupialis (Latin: marsupium, "pocket") derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength to attract a mate, or to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a conspicuous fan shape, which in turn emits a strong scent of sweat. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking from the Afrikaans meaning to boast or show off.


The reverse of this full dimensional coin depicts the African Springbok. The coin is minted in high relief and has a special shape. This springbok was created by an artist for this coin issue. On the horns each single wave is visible thanks to the precise minting. Even details like the ears, the eyes or also the muscles are engraved in this sculpture. The coin comes in a modern case that secures the coin. The obverse of the coin depicts the Coat of Arms of Gabon, the face value: “1000 Francs”, the year of issue: “2016” and “1 Oz 999 Ag.” – the weight and the fineness of Silver.