The second release of the Congo Silverback Gorilla coin series from the Scottsdale Mint is now available for purchase, and brings an all-new design to the popular new series. Commissioned in 2015, these brilliant coins celebrate one of the Congo’s most notable residents. Right now, the 2016 1 oz Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla Coin is available to purchase on Silver.com.
- Arrives in a protective plastic capsule or a sealed sheet for multiples of 5 coins.
- Total mintage capped at just 75,000 coins for this release.
- Second annual release of the Congo Silverback Gorilla coin.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of 5,000 Francs backed by the government of Congo.
- Obverse features the image of a Gorilla’s face.
- Reverse includes the coat of arms for Congo.
- Proof-like finish.
Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla coins debuted from the Scottsdale Mint in 2015. The annual release program is sanctioned by the Republic of Congo’s government and central bank, with the initial release in the series featuring a mintage of 50,000 coins. Each new year of release for the Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla coins will feature a new design on the obverse.
The 2016 1 oz Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla coin features a proof-like finish. Coins with a proof-like imagery have mirrored backgrounds with the slight presence of frosted elements on the coin’s design sets.
On the obverse of the Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla coin is the close-up image of a gorilla’s face. The haunting eyes and glaring image of the Gorilla are surrounded by the engravings of “Congo Silverback Gorilla” above the design and “2016 1 oz 999 Silver” below. The gorilla species live in tropical and subtropical forests in Africa, with the eastern lowland subspecies of gorillas occupying the Democratic Republic of Congo near its border with Rwanda.
The reverse of each coin includes the image of the nation’s coat of arms. This coat of arms features a heraldic lion on the nation’s shield, with a crown atop the shield and two elephants on either side of the shield. A ribbon below the shield features the national motto of “Unite, Travail, Progres.”
The Scottsdale Mint is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. A private minting facility, Scottsdale Mint is committed to sustainable precious metal refining, sourcing much of its silver from other industries such as professional photography.
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