Who’d have trunk it?
Whether ancient or modern, printed or engraved, African, Asian, or even British, the elephant is immensely popular with the creators of coins, tokens, and other banknotes.
A symbol of strength and power around the world, of wisdom, wealth, and longevity in the East, but also of intelligence and great memory in the West, it is displayed indifferently on the obverse and reverse sides, full-length or in close-up, realistic or stylized, from the front or in profile, walking or standing still, in all styles and from all periods, and always for our greatest pleasure.
Here are 55 collectible coins, medals, and banknotes representing elephants to collect today without delay.
Painting at the top: “African elephants” by Charles-Émile de Tournemine (before 1867) (Public domain)