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.
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.
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. Specific designs for each of the releases in this collection include the following obverse images for individual years:
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.
Introduced in 2017, the Rwandan Nautical 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 reverse side of all Rwandan Nautical Ounce coins share the same design elements. This face of the coin has a traditional Rwandan hut in the center with native plants on either side flanked by the battle shields of native warriors. Above the hut is the sun and above that is a banner that reads “Republika Y’u Rwanda.” Other inscriptions denote the backing of the Central Bank of Rwanda and the face value of the coins in Rwandan Francs (RWF).
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.
The second coin offered in the Rwandan Nautical Ounce collection is a 2018-dated coin celebrating the HMS Endeavour. The design field on the obverse side contains some similar elements from the debut release, most notably the compass and other seafaring navigational instruments. This coin’s obverse also features the massive frame and masts of the HMS Endeavour. The HMS Endeavour coin celebrates the 250th anniversary of the commissioning of the Endeavour into service with the Royal Navy on May 26, 1768. The ship is well known for departing Plymouth, UK, in August 1768 on a mission to circumnavigate the globe. Endeavour rounded Cape Horn near South Africa, arrived in Tahiti in 1769, and reached the coast of New Zealand in September 1769, becoming the first European vessel to arrive on its shores in 127 years.
In the third release of the Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series, the Spanish-built ship that was gifted to Ferdinand Magellan for the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe. The three-masted Victoria features on the obverse of the coin as it sails the oceans. The Victoria was built in Basque shipyards in northern Spain, a region known around the world in the 16th century for its shipbuilding prowess. It was a Spanish carrack designed for oceangoing voyages and was commissioned by King Charles I of Spain along with four other ships. All five were gifted to Magellan for his voyage around the globe, but only the Victoria would return.
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.
In addition to the silver bullion coins, the Rwandan Nautical Ounce coins are available as a proof specimen. The proof coins have limited mintage figures of only 1,000 silver coins and come with a protective capsule. The capsule and packaging include a numbered Certificate of Authenticity as well.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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