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Elephant Hunting
20 Kwacha

2011

Edition Metal Stamp Diameter Weight Mintage BU Unc XF VF FF
2011 MW Ag 925 Proof ↑↑ ø 40 mm 28.28 g 3 000 - - - - -
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Obverse Elephant Hunting 20 Kwacha 2011
Reverse Elephant Hunting 20 Kwacha 2011
↑ Reverse ↑
Coin
Issuer Reserve Bank of Malawi
Coin type Collector's
Shape Rectangle
Denomination & currency 20 Kwacha
20.00 MWK
Design Ida Karkoszka
Edition details
Year of the edition 2011
Year on Coin 2011
Edition date 2011-05-??
Edition price -
Mint Mennica Polska SA (Warszawa)
Privy mark MW
Mintage 3 000
Physical characteristics
Stamp Proof
Medal alignment
Metal Silver (Ag 925)
Diameter ø 40 mm
Weight 28.28 g
Border Plain
Rim Upset
Additional decorations Pad / raster printing
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Sample graph - Fryderyk Chopin, 50 Złotych, 1972
Description
The African elephant is the biggest land animal. It can measure 4 meters height and weighs between 7.5 - 8 tons. The difference between the African elephant and the Asian elephant is that the former has much bigger ears and a different head shape. There are two subspecies of the African Elephant: African savanna elephant and African bush elephant. The physiology of the African elephant is amazing. These elephants are said to be very intelligent animals. An elephant’s brain weighs about 6 000 g (about four times more than a human brain). This mighty giant has to eat about 400 kg of plant fare daily. His trunk - the most versatile organ in the whole animal world - is very useful while eating. It serves not only for reaching food but also for sniffing, touching things, making sounds and caressing. The elephant moves quickly (up to 40 km per hour), it treads silently and it steps unusually delicately on the tips of its fingers. The elephant’s skin is a very sensitive organ. Its tusks exceeding 3 meters in length and 100 kg each serve for digging up water holes, plucking trees with roots, and lifting and removing various obstacles. It is surprising that, just like human beings who are left- or right-handed, among elephants there are also specimens which prefer using their right or left tusk. Aside from loud blowing, elephants can also emit sounds which are inaudible for human beings - low tones, infrasound, used to communicate at a distance of 3 kilometers. In the past the African Elephant inhabited the whole African territory. Today they can be encountered between the latitude of 12° north and 20° south. There are about 20 0000 specimens. The African Elephant lives in Sudan, East Africa and Congo. It can still be encountered in Rhodesia and it was almost completely killed off in the Republic of South Africa. Elephants are endangered species. Unfortunately, because of ivory and its value elephants are a constant target for poachers. Nowadays the African Elephant is protected by the Washington Convention (CITES) provisions.
Obverse
At the top of the coin - an inscription in English: The Art of Hunting. Below - an image of a dog, pointer breed, in a hunting position. At the bottom - the face value 20 kwacha, underneath it the mark of the mint (m/w), between the digits of the face value the national emblem of the Republic of Malawi. Underneath, the name of the issuer in English - Republic of Malawi.
Reverse
At the top of the coin - an image of the African Bush Elephant presented in the pad printing technique. On the left side - an image of two hunters . In the background - the landscape of a savannah with the Acacia trees, grass and a lake.
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