2019 $20 Big Five- Lion Proof 2 oz Silver High Relief Proof


The second coin featuring the Big Five African Animals is the Lion. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are being produced in magnificent High Relief which really shows the power of these animals and illustrate the appeal of these ‘famous five’.

The coin has been produced in stunning High Relief in 2oz Fine Silver and features the head of a Lion styled as though it is an African mask.  The special incused rim features an African pattern to continue the theme.  This is the second coin in the series and a further three coins will be released featuring the remaining animals known as the ‘Big Five’.

The second coin in the series features the undisputed King of the Savannah – the Lion. The world’s second largest cat, a male lion can be 3.3 metres in length (which does not include his tail) and weight up to 250 kg. Most safari sightings are of cats sleeping in the shade as lions are more active at night when they hunt for their prey. 

When considering a safari holiday, the term the ‘Big Five’ refers to some of Africa’s most popular – the Elephant, the Lion, the Leopard, the Rhino and the Buffalo.  The phrase was originally coined to describe the five most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot but nowadays the term is used by most guides and tourists as a term to encapsulate the ‘must see’.   The Big Five are a huge part of the African culture and the conservation of these incredible animals is of paramount importance.  National parks, like Kruger, in South Africa play an essential role providing a protective area for tourists to see the Big Five together but at the same time enabling conservation of natural habitats for these endangered species which will hopefully allow future generations to enjoy these magnificent animals. 

2019 2oz Proof Fine Silver High Relief $20 Coin

Issued on behalf of the Bank of Sierra Leone

Issue: 500

Presented in a unique acrylic box with a sleeve certifying the authenticity

Second issue of a series of five magnificent coins!


3 in stock (can be backordered)