In 1492, Christopher Columbus set off across the Atlantic Ocean to explore the new world in a three-ship sailing party. His ships went down in history as the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. The latter of the three was the slowest ship in the group, but nonetheless served as the flagship of the expedition. Today, the 2017 1 oz Silver Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce Coin is available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship inside of a protective plastic flip or sheets of 10 coins!
- First design release of the Nautical Ounce Series!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Face value of 50 Francs is fully backed by the Bank of Rwanda.
- Obverse depicts the Santa Maria and multiple navigational tools.
- Reverse includes the official seal of Rwanda.
Named the La Santa Maria de la Immaculada Concepcion, the Santa Maria was the largest of the three ships used by Columbus during his voyage across the ocean. Translated into English, the ship’s name is The Holy Mary of the Immaculate Conception, but was commonly referred to simply as the Santa Maria.
Each 2017 1 oz Silver Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce Coin listed here is in BU condition. Coins in this condition have no signs of wear and tear, but can feature minor flaws from the production process. These flaws include breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks.
The BH Mayer Mint offers the Silver Santa Maria Nautical Ounce coin as the first in a new series of Nautical Ounce coins. Though no official mintage has been unveiled, BH Mayer Mint will only strike the coins for a set period of time stretching from August of the year of issue to the following March.
On the reverse of the Silver Rwandan Nautical Ounce Coins you’ll find the national crest of the Republic of Rwanda. Engravings on this face of the coin are inscribed in the native tongue of Rwanda, and include the name of the Bank of Rwanda, the face value of the coin, the nation’s name, and the national motto.
The obverse of the 2017 1 oz Silver Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce Coin includes an image of the Santa Maria at sail on the high seas. Other images include a compass in the upper-right field and navigational tools at the top of the design field. Though the Santa Maria made the voyage across the ocean, it was shipwrecked on a sandbank on the return voyage on December 25, 1492 off the coast of modern-day Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
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