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Rwanda Wildlife Series
When it comes to the production of silver bullion coins, the nations of Africa lag behind other nations of the world in issuing brilliant, investment-grade bullion coins on the international stage. If you look deep enough though, you’ll find two shining examples of impressive coin design from the African continent. The African Wildlife Series issued on behalf of Somalia is a popular program, and the Rwanda Wildlife Series coins are gaining attention for their own unique and innovative designs. Silver.com proudly carries the coins of the Rwanda Wildlife Series Silver Coins for both investors and collectors.
History of the Rwanda Wildlife Series Silver Coins
The Rwanda Wildlife Series silver coins were first introduced in 2008 as the second, and increasingly popular, bullion coins issued by a nation from the African continent. The coins bear the term wildlife because each new release features a different animal species that is native to the continent. Although the coins are labeled Rwanda Wildlife Series coins, the animals are not specifically native to Rwanda, though many of them can be found living in the wilderness of Rwanda.
Rwanda Wildlife Series coins are produced following a familiar design and motif concept that is used by a number of other mints, as well as other popular bullion coin programs. Starting with the first 1 oz Rwanda Wildlife Series coin in 2008, a new image is introduced on the reverse side of the coin. The obverse face of each coin bears the official seal of Rwanda, as well as a number of engravings.
All coins in the Rwanda Wildlife Series are struck and distributed by Germany’s BH Mayer Mint. As is expected from German facilities, each of the coins in this series are struck in .999 fine silver with a face value of 50 Rwandan Francs. The design and finish of the coins are in line with other great bullion products from German mints, creating popularity and demand for these Rwanda Wildlife Series coins.
Design of the Rwanda Wildlife Series Silver Coins
Rwanda Wildlife Series coins feature the same image on the obverse side each year. In the center of the design is the official seal of the nation of Rwanda. On banners above and below the seal are the engravings “Repubulika Y’u Rwanda” and “Ubumwe-Umurimo-Gukunda-Igihugu.” Surrounding the outer rim of the coin are the engravings of “Banki Nkuru Y’u Rwanda” and “Amafaranga 50 Mirongo Itanu.”
Each of these engravings is inscribed in a native tribal tongue used for centuries by locals in Rwanda. The banner above the seal translates as “Republic of Rwanda,” while below it is the national motto. The inscription along the top rim of the coin identifies the Bank of Rwanda as the issuer of the coin.
The reverse side of the Rwanda Wildlife Series coins each feature a new design on an annual basis. There is a common motif found on the reverse side of all coins. These common design concepts include an outcrop of the entire African continent, complete with geographic features such as flat savannas, mountain ranges, and even the Nile River. Around the outer rim are the engravings “African Ounce” and “1 oz. Fine Silver 999” with the year of issue.
What changes each year is the design on the bottom-left portion of the coin’s obverse. A new set of animals representing the African continent are included. The coins started with the 2008 Rwanda Wildlife Series silver bullion program that featured the gorilla. Available Rwanda Wildlife Series coins include the following designs:
- 2008 Rwanda Gorilla Coin: A family of lowland gorillas are featured sitting together as they enjoy some local vegetation. Included in the design are a male silverback, a female, and a young gorilla.
- 2009 Rwanda Elephant Coin: Again, a family of creatures are included in the design set. A male bull elephant is featured leading the family herd, with a female and a young calf following behind in line.
- 2010 Rwanda Lion Coin: On this coin you’ll find a different depiction of a family group. The lion pride is featured with a male lion standing vigilant watch over the family, as a female rests and a young cub lies near its mother.
- 2011 Rwanda Zebra Coin: The zebra is one of the most unique species of creatures in the world, and is featured on the 2011 Rwanda Wildlife Series coin with a family standing together as it grazes.
- 2012 Rwanda Rhino Coin: The rhino is one of the most endangered creatures in the world, and featured as a native species of Africa. This design includes an adult rhino watching over its young calf at the edge of a body of water.
- 2013 Rwanda Cheetah Coin: The fastest land mammal is featured on the 2013 coin, and presents the image of a pair of cheetahs sitting amongst tall grasses of the savanna in a vigilant state, seeking out prey and watching for predators.
- 2014 Rwanda Impala Coin: The impala is part of the antelope family, and is featured on the coin’s reverse as a pair of impalas as they run across the open plains of the African continent.
- 2015 Rwanda Cape Buffalo Coin: The latest coin in the series features the cape buffalo, a large land beast that is dwarfed only on a continent like Africa which houses giraffes and elephants. An adult buffalo is featured alongside its young calf in this design.
Availability and Shipping of Rwanda Wildlife Series Silver Coins
The Rwanda Wildlife Series coins have long been produced in low mintages due to unknown demand for the coins in early production years. The number of coins produced each year has not increased significantly, but the popularity of these coins is one the rise. It is incredibly difficult for investors and collectors to find these coins today, which are available in just a 1 oz. weight and a bullion version.
Rwanda Wildlife Series coins ship to you in one of two packages. If you choose to purchase just one coin, it will ship to you in an individual plastic flip to protect the coin’s current condition. Multiples of 10 are shipped in a plastic-wrapped sheets.
About BH Mayer Mint
While many investors around the globe are familiar with German sovereign mints such as Geiger Edelmetalle and the Bavarian State Mint, but the BH Mayer Mint is one of the nation’s oldest mints and has developed a variety of high-quality bullion products over the years. BH Mayer was founded in 1871 and is located in Pforzheim, Germany. The mint has produced a variety of numismatic products over the decades, including commemorative coins, medals, legal tender, and other precious metal products.
Purchasing Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series Silver Coins from Silver.com
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Once your payment has processed, your products will be released to our shipping queue for fulfillment. Your Rwanda Wildlife Series silver coins are packaged in discreet boxes and shipped to your home via the United States Postal Service or UPS. Silver.com offers a tiered shipping scale that makes shipping your products affordable. Any order exceeding $3,000 in total includes free standard shipping and insurance. Should your products become lost or stolen during shipping, Silver.com will file an insurance claim on your behalf to secure a refund and/or work with the shipping company to locate your lost products.
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