|Coin||Gold Ounce 2020 Mandrill|
The Republic of Cameroon uses the Central African CFA Franc as its currency; it is the common currency of six independent states in central Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The CFA Franc has both common and national issues. All common circulating coins are issued under the authority of CEMAC ("Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale" - Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) and have no issuing country. Separately, each member country can strike coins bearing its national symbols; these coins are legal tender in the other members of the bloc too.
Cameroon has authorised some foreign mints to strike coins under its issuing authority for investment or for collector's purposes. These are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, such as the internationally popular one troy ounce (1oz) of gold.
This design is the first issue in the Cameroon Mandrill series of bullion coins by the Scottsdale Mint.
The mandrill is a primate of the Old World monkey family, and the largest of all monkeys. Mandrills are native to southern Cameroon and other parts of Equatorial Africa, living mostly in rainforests in large groups. Perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the mandrill is its bright red and blue facial coloration, which is not seen anywhere else in the mammalian class.
At centre, the obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Cameroon. It features a shield divided in three parts by two diagonal lines starting from the centre of the upper rim. In the central section, an upright sword and scales are superimposed on the outline of the map of the country, above which there is a five-pointed star. Behind the shield, two crossed bundles of rods with axes in the middle (fasces). Around above, the motto PAIX TRAVAIL PATRIE in French; around below, the same in English: PEACE · WORK · FATHERLAND. On a ribbon around below, the name of the country in English: REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON, below which in larger letters the same in French: REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN.
Above the Coat of Arms, the date of issue 2020.
Around above in the rim, the name of the country in French: REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN. Around below, the face value: 3000 FRANCS CFA (three thousand Central African CFA Francs).
The reverse design is coloured and depicts a close-up of the face of an African mandrill monkey, facing half right.
Around left, the inscription MANDRILL.
Around right, the metal content: 1 TROY OZ .9999 GOLD (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold).
||MANDRILL 1 TROY OZ .9999 GOLD
Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in presentation box, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.