Silver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla, Coin from Congo, Republic of the - detailed information

Silver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla, Coin from Congo, Republic of the
CoinSilver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla

The Republic of the Congo uses the Central African CFA Franc, which is a common currency of several states in Central Africa.

Apart from the regular circulating coinage - which does not bear an inscription identifying a specific issuing country - the republic has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These are typically in standard bullion sizes, but there is also the massive one kilogram of silver. The coins carry the legend and state symbols of the Republic of the Congo, but are legal tender also in all other member states of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC: abbreviated from the French "Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale"), whose standard circulating coinage has no national legends or symbols.

This coin is part of the Scottsdale Mint's Silverback Gorilla series of bullion coins, and the first in the 1 kg silver format.

Gorillas are the largest living primates, reaching heights between 1.25-1.8 metres, weights between 100-270 kg, and arm spans up to 2.6 metres, depending on species and sex. They tend to live in troops, with the leader being an adult male, called a silverback - due to the characteristic silver hair on their backs reaching to the hips. The Eastern gorilla is distinguished from the Western by darker fur colour and some other minor morphological differences. Gorillas tend to live 35-40 years in the wild.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla - obverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of the Republic of the Congo, featuring a shield with a rampant lion holding a torch. The shield is crowned, and has two large African elephants for supporters. At the base of the crown, the inscription REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO (Republic of Congo). A banner with the national motto UNITÉ TRAVAIL PROGRÈS ("Unity, Work, Progress") is draped from a bar supporting the elephants.

Around above, the name of the country in French (its official language): REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO.

Around below, the face value 10000 FRANCS CFA (ten thousand Central African CFA Francs).

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO 10000 FRANCS CFA
Reverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla - reverse photo

Within a decorated rim, the reverse of the coin shows a roaring adult male gorilla.

Around above, the inscription CONGO SILVERBACK GORILLA.

Around below, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2017 1 KILO 999 SILVER (one kilogram of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription CONGO SILVERBACK GORILLA 2017 1 KILO 999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in capsule.

See also

The design is also available in one ounce of silver.

All (1) coins of type: Silver Kilo (1 kg)
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Silver Kilo 2017 Silverback Gorilla: Details
CountryCongo, Republic of the
CurrencyCentral African CFA Franc, Republic of the Congo
Coin TypeSilver Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2017
SymbolCoat of Arms of the Republic of the Congo
Face Value10000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size100.000 mm
Mass1,000.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-BBPA-EXJL
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