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2020 1 oz Silver Samoa Serpent of Milan Coins (BU)
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2020 1 oz Silver Tokelau Terra Coins (Proof-Like)
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2019 1 oz Silver Republic of Ghana African Leopards (BU)
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Foreign Silver Coins
The United States Mint is recognized around the globe as one of the finest facilities in the world. Though its coins are highly regarded due to the coin processes and silver content used by the Mint, there are countless other Foreign Silver Coins struck by government facilities across the globe. In fact, many foreign mints produce coins which are on par with those struck by the United States Mint.
Introduction to Foreign Silver Coins
The variety of silver coins produced around the globe is almost endless. In order to be considered as part of this category page, a Foreign Silver Coin must be produced by a national mint in another country. Foreign Silver Coins range in purity from .900 to .9999 fine silver depending upon the mint and coin series in question, with the vast majority struck in at least .999 fine silver.
The leading program of silver and gold coins from the Caribbean region is the EC8 Series from the Scottsdale Mint. This robust collection features a total of eight designs per release year, with each design representing a member nation of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. The 2018 date-marked coins launched the series with individual designs for Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Each of the coins in this series features a silver bullion, colorized proof silver, gold bullion, and colorized proof gold option. The coins have a face value backed by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.
Prior to the release of the EC8 Series, the Scottsdale Mint issued one of its first Caribbean silver coins for the nation of Barbados. The Barbados Trident Silver Coin is a four-coin series that launched in 2017 with shared obverse and reverse design elements. Each of the issues in this series has a limited mintage of 30,000 coins and are housed inside of protective plastic capsules. The coins have a face value of one dollar backed by Barbados and feature the same designs each year.
On the obverse of the coins is the seal of Barbados. This intricate design includes the national shield with a bearded fig in the center and two Pride of Barbados national flowers in the upper corners. The shield is supported by a Dolphin fish and a Pelican with a helmet above the shield that features a hand emerging from the top clutching sugar cane, the most prominent crop on the island.
The reverse side of Barbados Trident Silver Coins includes the national symbol from the Barbadian flag. The flag includes a broken-off Trident head. The Trident was viewed in the ancient world as a tool of Poseidon to control the seas. The fact that the Trident is broken indicates the nation’s break from Great Britain in 1966.
In the background field, you’ll notice other design elements. All coins in this series have stippled border areas on each side and the coins have varying backgrounds. The 2017 debut coin and the 2019 coin have wave lines in the background, while the 2018 coin has a hammered finish to the background of the reverse side.
Rwandan Wildlife Series
The Rwandan Wildlife Series stands alongside the Somalia Elephant collection as one of the most robust and diverse options for silver buyers. The collection debuted in 2008 and shares a common obverse design along with certain common reverse design elements. On the obverse of all of the coins in the Rwandan Wildlife Series is the coat of arms for the Republic of Rwanda, along with an inscription of the Central Bank of Rwanda in the local tribal tongue and the face value of the coins in Rwandan Francs (RWF).
The reverse face of Rwandan Wildlife Series coins share some common design elements. These include a geographic outline of the African continent with inscriptions of “African Ounce,” a date mark, and “1 oz Fine Silver 999.” The animals native to the African continent are featured in the lower-left of the design field and typically capture a depiction of an adult and young member of a particular species. Available designs include the following:
- 2008 Silverback Gorilla
- 2009 African Elephant
- 2010 African Lion
- 2011 Zebra
- 2012 Rhino
- 2013 Cheetah
- 2014 Impala
- 2015 Buffalo
- 2016 Meerkat
- 2017 Hippopotamus
- 2018 Giraffe
- 2019 Shoebill
Rwandan Lunar Series
Following the impressive performance over more than a decade of the Rwandan Wildlife Series coins, the Republic of Rwanda got another coin series issued on its behalf in the form of the Rwandan Lunar Ounce Series. The Rwandan Lunar Ounce Series follows the characters of the Chinese lunar calendar with new designs each year matching the animal featured on the Zodiac for that date mark. Each of the coins has a shattered-glass background appearance on the obverse side of the coins with a mosaic of small tiles helping deliver that shattered-glass effect. The coins are housed inside of individual plastic capsules or sheets of 10 coins.
The reverse side of each coin has the seal of the Republic of Rwanda. As with other Rwandan silver coins, this side also features inscriptions in Kinyarwanda, the native tribal tongue of the Banyarwanda cultural group that is the most populous within the nation. The coins have a 50 Francs (RWF) backed by the Central Bank of Rwanda.
On the obverse side of the coins there is a new design each year. The collection launched in 2017 and includes the following designs:
- 2017 Year of the Rooster – the debut issue in the series features an impressive rooster on display with towering tail feathers and its beak open to greet the new day with a loud crow.
- 2018 Year of the Dog – in the second release, the Year of the Dog reveals the image of a wild dog on the run. The long dog has lean legs and a long, puffy tail. As the dog runs along, its head is arched up toward the sky howling.
- 2019 Year of the Pig – the third issue in the collection reveals a family of pigs. The mother, also known as a sow, lays on her side to nurse three little piglets.
Rwandan Lunar Ounce coins are available each year in bullion and proof options. The bullion coins are offered in silver and gold with no mintage caps, but packaging varies. The gold bullion coins are housed inside of protective capsules, a display box, and come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The silver proof coins are housed only inside of protective capsules and also come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series
The Rwandan Nautical Ounce collection is a popular new series for the African nation that diverges from popular Lunar themes and wildlife focuses to deliver new images of sailing vessels that have helped chart the course of world history. The series debuted in 2017 with each coin bearing the same reverse design of the Rwandan coat of arms. Available dates in the series include the following designs:
- 2017 Santa Maria – in the debut design for the series, the Rwandan Nautical Ounce collection marked the 525th anniversary of the Santa Maria crossing the Atlantic Ocean under the guidance of Christopher Columbus as he led a voyage of three ships attempting to discover a route to East India. Instead, he landed in the New World.
- 2018 Endeavour – the second release in the collection marked the 250th anniversary of the HMS Endeavour. Christened into the Royal Navy on May 26, 1768, the Endeavour left Plymouth, England, in August 1768 to circumnavigate the globe and became the first European vessel to reach shores of New Zealand when it arrived in September 1769. Although it had a famous past, the Endeavour would eventually serve as a mere prison ship in the Americas during the American Revolutionary War.
- 2019 Victoria – for the third design in the series, the Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series features the Spanish-built Victoria. Commissioned by King Charles I of Spain and gifted to Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the Victoria was one of five ships that Magellan set off with on what would become the first circumnavigation of the world. The Victoria was the only ship to complete the trip and returned home without Magellan who had died along the way.
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