2016 1 oz Silver Congo African Lion Coins (BU)
$20.95 As low as $20.65
2016 1 oz Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla Coins (Proof-like)
$22.95 As low as $22.45
2015 1 oz Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla Coins (Prooflike)
$24.15 As low as $23.65
Republic of Congo Silver Coins
For the better part of the 21st century, gold and silver bullion coins from the African continent have been dominated by the presence and popularity of the Silver Somalian Elephant Coin. This series released by the Bavarian State Mint was originally issued for the nation of Zambia from 1999 to 2003, and shifted to the nation of Somalia in 2004.
Currently, the number of variety of silver coins from the African continent is increasing. Along with the Silver Somalian Elephant series, there is the increasingly popular Rwandan Wildlife Series, with new creatures used on the obverse design every year since its introduction in 2008. Now, the presence of Silver Congo Coins is gaining the attention of investors and numismatists alike. Read on to find out more about bullion coins from the continent, and Silver Congo coins in particular.
Silver Congo Coins
When it comes to variety, Silver Congo coins have some catching up to do with popular counterparts. To date, there are only two designs available from the Republic of Congo. One of these coins is in just its second year of production at the moment, and the other has yet to see its second design released.
Although they are produced for the same nation, these two coin series feature different designs and have different mints of origin. What they do share in common is silver purity, at .999 fineness, and face value, set at 5,000 Francs and backed by the government of the Republic of Congo. The coin series in question are the Silver African Lion Series and the Silver Congo Coin series.
Silver African Lion Coins
The Silver African Lion is currently available as a Congo-issued coin, but did not originate as such. The 2015 Silver African Lion was actually struck for the nation of Burundi, and featured a male-female lion design with the wording “African Lion” on the obverse, as well as the official coat of arms for Burundi on the reverse.
In 2016, production of these coins shifted to the nation of Congo. The 2016 Silver African Lion is now issued by the Republic of Congo and is considered to be the second release in that popular series, even though the nation of issue has changed. In many respects, it is set up as a coin series similar to the Silver Somalian Elephant. Although the nation of issue has already changed, as it did with the Somalian Elephant early on, the theme of one creature in different designs is already established.
On the obverse of the 2016 Silver African Lion Series you’ll find the image of a mating pair of lions, featuring the male from the pride and a female. The male’s figure is large and imposing, due in no small part to his robust mane. The female, responsible for much of the pride’s hunting, has a steely glaze as she follows her mate.
Engravings are similar to the 2015 issue coin, with one major exception. On the previous year’s version, a giant text block obscured the design field where “African Lion” was engraved. On the 2016 Silver African Lion, the engraving of the series name has been set along the outer edge of the design field so as not to interfere with the overall beauty of the design.
These coins are available from Silver.com only while supplies last. There was a maximum mintage of just 50,000 coins in total for 2016. When you purchase a 2016 1 oz Silver African Lion today, your shipment arrives in either an individual flip, mint tubes of 20 coins, or boxes containing a total of 500 coins.
Silver Congo Series
The Silver Congo Series is similar to the African Lion Series only in the nation of issue it represents. Unlike the African Lion Series, these coins are scheduled to feature a different animal species on the obverse face every year. Some of the base factors are the same for both, such as .999 purity of the silver and a face value of 5,000 coins.
On the obverse face of the 2016 1 oz Silver Congo Silverback Gorilla coin you’ll find the fearsome image of a male silverback gorilla. More commonly known as the mountain gorilla, silverback is a term used to reference the elder male gorilla of the family group. It is his responsibility to determine where the family will search for food, where and when it will sleep, and where it will move to when the time is right.
Engravings on the obverse face of this coin include the gorilla design in the center, with “Congo Silverback Gorilla” above and the coin’s year of issue, weight, purity, and metal content below. On the reverse you’ll find the coat of arms for Congo, along with an engraving of “Republique du Congo” above the design. Only the face value is engraved below the primary design.
These coins also have a strict mintage of 50,000 total in 2016, and ship in plastic protective capsules for individual coins and sealed plastic sheets of five for multiples. This is the first release in the Silver Congo Series, and is produced by an entirely different mint than the Silver African Lion Series.
Brief History of African Coinage
Each of the Silver Congo coins mentioned above owes its existence to the popularity of one particular coin for over three decades. Introduced in 1967 by the South African Mint, the Krugerrand was the world’s first gold bullion coin available for global sale. The government opted to create these coins for distribution to market South African gold.
Following an economic boycott by Western nations starting in the 1970s, other competitors chewed away at the Krugerrand’s popularity. However, at the same time it set the stage for future programs to flourish as investors looked to the continent for inspiring, wildlife-themed designs. The first of these was the Silver Somalian Elephant, followed by the Rwandan Wildlife Series in 2008, and then these Silver Congo coins.
About the Mints Involved
The Silver African Lion series is an exclusive original distribution of another authorized dealer in the United States, and is struck by the national mint in Congo. However, the Silver Congo Series that launched with the Silverback Gorilla coin in 2015 is the result of a contract between the Republic of Congo and a private mint in the United States.
Scottsdale Mint, located in the desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona, is in charge of production for the Silver Congo Series of coins. It strikes all of its products to a minimum purity level of .999, and does so using environmentally friendly procedures. All of its silver is sourced from recycled materials, resulting in less energy and water waste than traditional mining for new sources of silver.
Purchasing on Silver.com
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