What a cool coin to paint! When I saw this 2012 silver coin from Canada, I knew I wanted to paint it. My original thought was red and black, dramatic colors for this design was appropriate. Then I decided hot pink would be more fun. Then what I call a "happy accident" happened. The silver surface was so slick that the paint moved away a bit from edges when curing. Easy to fill in but then I decided to go for the passion and use an orange instead. I have to admit I am rather pleased with the results :)
This is a stunning coin design of African Elephants. It is a bullion coin, and contains 1 oz of pure silver. This design was issued in 2014 and is part of a series of African wildlife. A mystery surrounds whether this series of coins is actually legal tender from Somalia, due to the condition of the country and its government. They are, regardless, high quality and made at the Munich Mint in Germany.
The elephant has had symbolic meaning for many cultures. The elephant has long been regarded as a symbol of divine wisdom in India.
Sovereigns often assumed titles such as "lord of the elephants" or "the white elephant". The qualities of the elephant are recognized throughout the Orient: longevity, strength, patience, endurance and self-restraint. The ability of elephants to aid in battle led to their additional symbolic meaning of triumph, power and victory. Elephants are large land mammals with only three species living today: African Bush elephant, African forest elephant and Asian elephant.
The elephant's gestation period is 22 months, the longest of any animal. The name elephant originates with the Greek word for "ivory".
Coin Jewelry Gallery & Stories
This blog is my chance to share the stories behind the coins I paint, and the artist experiences I have. To help find older posts, I have put the posts in Categories (below) by type of animal coin.