From the "African Wildlife" series of the Somali Republic comes this majestic 100 shilling silver coin, depicting a a leopard reposed on a tree branch. It should come as little surprise that the leopard would be honored in this series, since dual leopards also grace the Somalian coat of arms on the obverse. As one might guess, the leopard is a prominent figure in Somali culture and folklore.
Not to be confused with the British denomination of the same name, the East African shilling does derive from the time of British monarchy control of the East African region, and has stayed in place as a separate currency denomination since Somalia regained its independence in 1960. However, the history of Somalia has not run smoothly since that transition, and after a series of upheavals and the collapse of an authoritarian regime in the early 1990s, the nation has settled as the Federal Republic of Somalia. At the same time, US dollars are traded and accepted there as well as their own native currency, but the South African shilling has the backing of the Central Bank of Somalia, re-established in 2009.
It is indeed fitting that the leopard would embody the spirit of Somalia, a land which has seen its share of difficulties but has risen above them through perseverance. If you only add one Somali coin to your silver collection, make sure it's this one!
Own this attractive silver coin today, before supplies run out!