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    Silver Bullions Coin Programs from Rwanda

    There’s no shortage of silver bullion options for investors today. The market has expanded significantly in the 2000s, with numerous nations introducing new coin series or expanding upon existing offerings. Among the high-profile programs available now are silver bullion coins from the Republic of Rwanda on the African continent. The top collections from Rwanda include the Rwandan Lunar Ounce, Nautical Ounce, and Wildlife Series. Learn more about each one below.

    The Rwandan Lunar Ounce Series

    Introduced in 2017, the Rwandan Lunar Ounce collection is one of the newest lunar-themed collections on the market. The Rwandan Lunar Ounce bullion coins are available in both silver and gold each year. The program is set to run through 2028 when it concludes with the Year of the Monkey release.

    Rwandan Lunar Ounces coins feature a face value in Rwandan Francs (FRW). The series includes a 1 Troy oz silver bullion coin and a 1 Troy oz silver proof coin, as well as a 1 Troy oz gold bullion coin. These are the only options available in the collection and you’ll find extremely limited mintage figures. The latest issue included a mintage of just 1,000 proof silver coins and 188 gold bullion coins. The 1 oz silver bullion coin has an unlimited minting figure with a set period of production that runs until the end of the calendar year of issue marked on the coin.

    Designs and Packaging of Rwandan Lunar Ounce Coins

    The reverse of the Rwandan Lunar Ounce coins features the official seal of the Republic of Rwanda. Included are several tribal images, such as a small hut in the center of the seal. Engravings on the coin come from the linguistic background of the Banyarwanda, a language known as Kinyarwanda. The inscriptions include “National Bank of Rwanda” and the face value of the coin.

    On the obverse design field is a new image each year. The common features of all Rwandan Lunar Ounce obverse designs include “shattered-glass” appearance, a mosaic of small tiles that form the overall design field. Markings include “Lunar Ounce,” year of issue, weight, metal content, and purity, as well as the Chinese symbol for the animal represented in that year.

    Packaging for Rwandan Lunar Ounce silver bullion coins includes individual plastic or sheets of 10 coins. The silver proof coin is housed in a plastic capsule and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The gold bullion coin is also available in a protective capsule with display box and Certificate of Authenticity.

    Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series

    Introduced in 2017, the Rwandan Lunar Ounce Series commemorates the 525th anniversary of the European discovery of the Americas. Though already occupied by countless indigenous tribes at the time, many there for thousands of years, the date is commemorated as a moment when cultures collided as European colonial powers found a new source of wealth in the North and South American continents.

    The collection kicked off with a 2017 date-marked coin bearing the image of the Santa Maria, the famous flagship in Christopher Columbus’ fleet of three ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 and landed in the Caribbean. Another important ship in the European global exploration was the HMS Endeavour. Issued with a 2018 date to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour’s voyage from Great Britain to the South Pacific. Under the command of James Cook, the Endeavour was the first European ship to set sights on Australia and would later become just the second ship ever to anchor off New Zealand.

    Details and Packaging of Rwandan Nautical Ounce Coins

    All Rwandan Nautical Ounce coins feature 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver and have no set mintage figures. However, the coins are struck for only a certain period of time, resulting in low mintage figures overall compared to other silver bullion coins. The Rwandan Nautical Ounce coins are available either in individual plastic wraps or sheets of 10 coins.

    Rwandan Wildlife Series

    Like other animal-inspired bullion and proof coin programs, the Rwandan Wildlife Series of silver coins celebrate the beauty of the animal kingdom. This particular series focuses on the native species of the African continent. The name of the series is slightly misleading as not all of these animals are native to Rwandan. Instead, each of the creatures featured in the Rwandan Wildlife Series is native to the African continent as a whole, with some of them residing within the borders of Rwandan.

    The program was launched in 2008 by BH Mayer at the Kunstprageanstalt GmbH mint in Munich, Germany. The coins have similar features from one year to the next in the release schedule, while the obverse side of the coin design is the same from one year to the next.

    Designs in the Rwandan Wildlife Series

    In keeping with the ever-changing designs of the Rwandan Wildlife Series coins, a new animal is featured on the reverse each year. The series launched in 2008 with a Rwandan Gorilla Coin. The common image found on the reverse of all Rwandan Wildlife Series coins is the rugged outline of the African continent featured on the reverse, along with the engravings of the year of issue, the weight, metal content, and purity of the product, and the phrase “African Ounce.”

    For the 2008 Rwandan Gorilla Coin, a male Silverback gorilla, female, and young gorilla are featured in the lower left sitting amongst the tall grass of a natural setting. All subsequent coins followed this similar design, and included releases such as those listed below:

    • 2009 Rwandan Elephant Silver Coin: This issue featured a herd of elephants trekking across the savanna. Included in the image are a bull male elephant, a cow, and a calf.
    • 2010 Rwandan Lion Silver Coin: The African lion is perhaps the second most popular creature native to the continent behind the elephant. On this coin, a pride of lions is featured with a male lion standing tall as the females lay down to rest with cubs by their side.
    • 2011 Rwandan Zebra coin: On the obverse of this coin, an adult Zebra and a young Zebra are featured walking amongst the tall grass in search of food to graze upon.
    • 2012 Rwandan Rhino Silver Coin: The rhino might be the most endangered species from the continent, making it an appropriate selection for the Rwandan Wildlife Series. On the reverse of this coin, a female adult rhino is featured alongside her young calf.
    • 2013 Rwandan African Cheetah Coin: Cats are notoriously attentive, and the cheetah coin features a design that depicts two cheetahs sitting in an alert position as they watch for danger on the horizon.
    • 2014 Rwandan Impala Silver Coin: The impala is a member of the antelope family and is found throughout the African continent. On the 2014 coin, a male and female impala are featured with their distinctive horns. Impala is the local Zulu term used for the antelope or gazelle, one of the fastest land mammals on the African continent.
    • 2015 Rwandan Buffalo Silver Coin: On the obverse side of each coin is the image of a female African buffalo, with its calf standing nearby. Also included on this side is an outline of the African continent, with a rugged finish.
    • 2016 Rwandan Meerkat Silver Coin: Meerkats are small creatures that inhabit the desert regions of southern Africa, across the nations of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. The meerkat is part of the mongoose family, and lives in clans or families of 20 animals on average, with some including as many as 50 in one family.
    • 2017 Rwandan Hippo Silver Coin: Hippos are the third-largest land mammals in the world and the heaviest in their species, with males weighing upwards of 3,300 lbs when fully grown. In the lower-left field of this coin’s obverse side you’ll notice a mother hippo and its calf.
    • 2018 Rwandan Giraffe Silver Coin: The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal in the world today and is the largest ruminant. The species includes only the giraffe in its genus, with animals in the wild found only on the African continent. The obverse design includes the image of a mother and her calf walking across the open savanna.

    All Rwandan Wildlife Series Silver Coins feature one ounce of .999 pure silver. The face value of the coins is listed in Rwandan Francs at a set value of 50 RWF. The obverse side of each coin bears the coat of arms for Rwandan, and features inscriptions in the native tongue of a local tribe that has resided in Rwandan for centuries.

    Availability of Rwandan Wildlife Series Silver Coins

    Rwandan Wildlife Series coins are available each year in extremely limited mintages. The BH Mayer mint facility kept original mintage low to protect the value of the products. As the popularity of the coin has gone up in recent years, demand has often outpaced the supply of these coins, making them even more valuable to both investors and collectors.

    Each year the Rwandan Wildlife Series coins are struck in bullion and proof versions. The bullion coins are often easier to find as the proof coins are typically limited to a total mintage of around 1,000 coins for global distribution. Bullion coins are available in graded conditions from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Professional Coin Grading Service, such as Brilliant Uncirculated and Mint State 70 condition.

    History of the Mint

    BH Mayer Mint, known also as just Mayer Mint GmbH Germany, was founded in 1871, making it one of the younger mints operating in the European powerhouse. Unlike the sovereign mints of Germany, Mayer Mint is a family-owned operation that has been controlled by five generations of the same family since its inception. The mint prides itself on producing coins and other products with the highest quality and finest designs.

    Collect Rwandan Silver Bullion Coins from JM Bullion

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