# 613 - African Animals - Part 7


Several months ago I wrote about a series of medals depicting African animals.

The medals are pristine but the capsules were in a very bad shape. At that time I had not found new capsules yet and I promised that I would rewrite this series when they were with me.

So this time arrived. There is no round capsules with a diameter of 51mm (I bought a few with a diameter of 50mm, but it was not enough to fit), but I found square capsules of the right size.

In 1971-72 the Franklin Mint received a commission from the East African Wild Life Society to mint twenty medals depicting wild animals that lived in East Africa.

That would be "The Big Game" medals.

The medals are really big! Each weights 2.1oz (65.3g) with 92.5% silver purity. The design was from sculptor Anthony Jones and they have a Proof finish.

I have only ten of the twenty medals, but I am still looking for the others.

They will be shown in no particular order.

A strange thing happened when I took all the photos. In spite of the medals being white (non colored), all the photos of the animals appear with a kind of red sky and a dark blue background, while the photos of the reverses are exactly as the medals are (white).

The photos were taken at the same place, same light and the same order (always obverse and reverse of the same medal).

Why did it happen? If someone knows, please comment below.

The seventh medal shows the Eland.

The eland (Taurotragus oryx) is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa.
An adult male is around 5 feet (1.6 m) tall at the shoulder and weights in average 1,100-1,300lb (500-600kg).
It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.



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A nice contrast to the smaller antelope on the previous medallion... and I like both of them. Thanks for sharing this collection! I am really liking it. I hope that you will be able to find and get the rest for your collection.
Have a great day, my friend @ronaldoavelino, take care🥰🌺🤙

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Every day I search Ebay for these rounds. When I find them, the price is too high. I don't want to pay around U$100 (round + shipping) for a little more than 2oz of silver.

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I thought it was a cow.
The result is Taurotragus oryx
It maybe be Light refraction,
Silver is impure, it has added other minerals


You may be right. Thank you, my friend.

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