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African Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin Bullion Series

Updated on August 18, 2014

All About Rwanda African Wildlife Silver Coins

Beginning in 2008 the Republic of Rwanda commissioned the BH Mayer's Kunstprageanstalt GmbH mint in Germany to produce a series of coins featuring African Wildlife. They were to be one troy ounce of .999 fine silver or so called "African Ounces". The intention was to have a high quality bullion coin and feature a different African animal each year. The intriguing subject matter along with the limited mintage has seen this series become immensely popular and difficult to find.

For the 2008 inaugural issue the featured animal was the African Gorilla with the obverse of the coin bearing the National Seal of Rwanda. Initially collectors did not gravitate to the series as expected and now the early issues are extremely difficult to acquire with quite a hefty price tag. The coins and photos in the lens are from my personal collection. I hope you enjoy the review!

2014 Rwanda Impala Silver Coin
2014 Rwanda Impala Silver Coin

2014 Rwanda Impala Silver Coin

The 2014 Release features the graceful Impala. The Impala is part of the antelope family and spans nearly the entire African continent. Males who are clearly identified by their horns form territorial boundaries and herds of females wander in and out of the dominant males territory while he tries to keep them inside the limits. Their primary diet consists of shoots of grass and they frequently require water.

2013 Rwanda Silver Cheetah Coin
2013 Rwanda Silver Cheetah Coin

2013 Rwanda Silver Cheetah Coin

The cheetah sits at attention with her cub close by watching over it's home the African continent patiently waiting to pounce on its next victim. The legends "African Ounce" and "1 oz Fine Silver .999 2013" announce the year and composition on this African collectible. The cheetah is the sixth silver coin in the African Rwanda Wildlife series . Due to increasing demand for the series the mintage limit was increased to 10,000 coins in 2013.

Series Specifications:

Weight: 1oz

Legal Tender: 50 RWF Franc

Composition: .999 Fine Silver

Diameter: 40.60 mm

Thickness: 3 mm

Mint: BH Mayer's mint Kunstprageanstalt GmbH

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated

2013 Rwanda Wildlife Cheetah Silver Coin
2013 Rwanda Wildlife Cheetah Silver Coin

2013 Rwanda African Cheetah Proof 1 oz Silver

2013 Rwanda African Cheetah Proof 1 oz Silver .999 Fine Silver
2013 Rwanda African Cheetah Proof 1 oz Silver .999 Fine Silver

There are also proof releases on the issues. Pictured here is the 2013 Cheetah Proof with a very limited mintage of 1000 coins. The .999 fine silver coins are released with a mint issued COA and enclosed in capsules.

2012 Rwanda Silver Rhino Silver Coin
2012 Rwanda Silver Rhino Silver Coin

2012 Rwanda Silver Rhino Silver Coin

The reverse on this captivating issue carries on the tradition of an outline of Africa textured to show the ruggedized continental terrain and an adult rhinoceros and her calf denote the animal that is commemorated with the 2012 release. This coin is the 5th in the series the continues to highlight Rwanda African Wildlife. The mintage limit was 5,000 coins in 2012.

The beautiful country that is Rwanda is relying increasingly on ecotourism to drive a modern economy. However, this is heavily threatened by the current elephant and rhino poaching crisis. Please do your part to ensure a future for the beautiful creatures of Africa.

2011 Rwanda Zebra Silver Coin
2011 Rwanda Zebra Silver Coin

2011 Rwanda Zebra Silver Coin

The reverse of the 2011 coin brings the Zebra into focus with an artistic rendition an adult and a juvenile zebra crossing the tough terrain with a textured map of Africa in the background.

2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Coin
2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Coin

2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Coin

2010 brought the African Lions turn to be in the spotlight. The reverse of the coin proudly features a distinctly African vision of a lion, lioness, and a cub, aside the stylized map of Africa.

Rwanda has been forced to import lions (and rhinos) from South Africa in a desperate attempt to revitalize the country’s wildlife population. Widespread poaching and devastating wars have decimated the once thriving lion population.

And the lion in a proof version as well

2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Proof
2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Proof
2009 Rwanda Elephant Silver Coin
2009 Rwanda Elephant Silver Coin

2009 Rwanda Elephant Silver Coin

In the 2009 issue, the African Elephant took its turn as the featured animal. The reverse of the coin depicts a uniquely African scene of a bull elephant, a cow elephant, and a calf trekking across the tundra with the traditional African continent as a backdrop. The obverse of the coin features the National Seal of Rwanda as the entire series does.

2008 Rwanda Gorilla Silver Coin

2008 Rwanda Wildlife Gorilla Silver Coin
2008 Rwanda Wildlife Gorilla Silver Coin

The 2008 gorilla is the key date to the series and practically impossible to locate. The reverse of the initial series release has a silverback, a female, and a baby gorilla posed beautifully together, along with a map of Africa. These giant apes are a breathtakingly majectic sight to behold. They are mostly located in the Bwindi forest and the Virunga mountains. Tourism is Rwanda's fastest growing economic sector and ecotourism focused on the the world famous mountain gorillas is a major aspect to its popularity.

2013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah

2013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah
2013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah

Grading of modern bullion has grown from humble roots to explode in popularity. The coin is graded for the quality, analyzed for any mint flaws or spots and then encased (slabbed) in a protective plastic holder with a label stating the grade of the coin. Here is the 1 ounce bullion version of the Cheetah in a perfect MS70 grade.

Mint packaging

Rwanda Wildlife Rhino Silver Coin Mint Sheet
Rwanda Wildlife Rhino Silver Coin Mint Sheet

If you have ever wondered how Rwanda Wildlife coins are shipped from the mint here is your answer. The are packaged in sheets of 10 pouches with the seal of the Bank of Rwanda in German called "en folie". They easily break apart and house one coin each. Please be aware there has been some talk (albeit unconfirmed) concerning the pouches being made of PVC which could be potentially harmful to the coins appearance over time.

Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin Obverse

The obverse of each coin in the series bears the National Seal of Rwanda. It combines different elements that together symbolize the unity of the country.

What is you favorite issue from the Rwanda Wildlife Series?

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Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin Photo Gallery

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2008 Rwanda Silver Gorilla Coin2010 Rwanda Lion Silver ProofRwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah CoinRwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah CoinSheet of Rwanda Rhinoceros Silver CoinsRwanda Rhino Silver Coin of 2012Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin ObverseRwanda Cheetah Silver Proof Coin of 20132013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah2009 Rwanda Silver Elephant Proof Coin
2008 Rwanda Silver Gorilla Coin
2008 Rwanda Silver Gorilla Coin
2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Proof
2010 Rwanda Lion Silver Proof
Rwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah Coin
Rwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah Coin
Rwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah Coin
Rwanda Silver Gorilla, Rhinoceros, Cheetah Coin
Sheet of Rwanda Rhinoceros Silver Coins
Sheet of Rwanda Rhinoceros Silver Coins
Rwanda Rhino Silver Coin of 2012
Rwanda Rhino Silver Coin of 2012
Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin Obverse
Rwanda Wildlife Silver Coin Obverse
Rwanda Cheetah Silver Proof Coin of 2013
Rwanda Cheetah Silver Proof Coin of 2013
2013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah
2013 NGC MS 70 1 oz Silver Rwanda African Cheetah
2009 Rwanda Silver Elephant Proof Coin
2009 Rwanda Silver Elephant Proof Coin

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