Tanzania – 2016 – 1000 Shillings – Elephant High Relief (incl box) (ANTIQUE)

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Metal: Silver 999
Weight: 1 oz
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Quality: Antique
Mintage: 999 pcs with proof tusks

This high relief [HiRe minted] coin with partly proof horn is unique in it’s kind. Issued by Tanzania; where elephants are endangered.

African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat destruction and conflicts with local people. Elephants are used as working animals in Asia. In the past they were used in war; today, they are often controversially put on display in zoos, or exploited for entertainment in circuses. Elephants are highly recognisable and have been featured in art, folklore, religion, literature and popular culture.