SHAPES OF AFRICA Cutout Set 8x1 Oz Silver Coin 250 Francs Djibouti 2018

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This incredible Set composed by eight 1 Oz Silver coins is dedicated to Africa’s most famous animals – Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Springbok, Meerkat, Ostrich and Rhinoceros. The coins feature a unique cutout in the shape of an animal and they come in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 7.500 pieces worldwide.

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Specifications
Country Djibouti
Year 2018
Face Value 250 Francs
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 31.1 (1 oz)
Diameter (mm) 50
Quality Prooflike
Mintage (pcs) 7.500
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
Set (pcs) 8
 
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Fauna of Africa
The fauna of Africa, in its broader sense, is all the animals living in Africa and its surrounding seas and islands. The more characteristic African fauna is found in the Afrotropical ecoregion. Lying almost entirely within the tropics, and equally to north and south of the equator creates favourable conditions for rich wildlife. Whereas the earliest traces of life in fossil record of Africa date back to the earliest times, the formation of African fauna as we know it today, began with the splitting up of the Gondwana supercontinent in the mid-Mesozoic era. After that, four to six faunal assemblages, the so-called African Faunal Strata (AFSs) can be distinguished. The isolation of Africa was broken intermittently by discontinuous "filter routes" that linked it to some other Gondwanan continents (Madagascar, South America, and perhaps India), but mainly to Laurasia. Interchanges with Gondwana were rare and mainly “out-of-Africa” dispersals, whereas interchanges with Laurasia were numerous and bidirectional, although mainly from Laurasia to Africa. Despite these connections, isolation resulted in remarkable absences, poor diversity, and emergence of endemic taxa in Africa. Madagascar separated from continental Africa during the break-up of Gondwanaland early in the Cretaceous, but was probably connected to the mainland again in the Eocene.

 
Design

The reverse of each coin depicts a cutout image of a different animal that can be found in Africa. One of the coins features all the animals together, next to a coloured representation of the African continent. On top of the coins, the inscriptions: “ELEPHANT”, “GIRAFFE”, “LION”, “SPRINGBOK”, “MEERKAT”, “OSTRICH”, “RHINOCEROS” and “SHAPES OF AFRICA” – the names of the coins. On the bottom, the inscription: “1 oz AG .999” – the weight of the coin and the fineness of the Silver. The obverse of the coins features the Coat of Arms of Djibouti and the inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DE DJIBOUTI” – the issuing country, “250 FRANCS” – the face value and “2018” – the year of issue.

 
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