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Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion, Coin from Congo, Republic of the
CoinSilver Ounce 2016 African Lion

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, such as one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum), and carry the legend and state symbols of the Republic of the Congo. The coins are legal tender in all member states of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC: abbreviated from the French "Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale").

This coin is the second edition in the African Lion series which features a new design every year, and is issued for various countries.

The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is a social species, forming groups called prides. A lion's pride consists of a few adult males, related females, and cubs. Groups of female lions usually hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator; although some lions scavenge when opportunities occur and have been known to hunt humans, the species typically does not actively seek out and prey on humans.

The lion inhabits grasslands, savannas and shrublands. During the Neolithic period, the lion ranged throughout Africa and Eurasia from Southeast Europe to India, but it has been reduced to fragmented populations in sub-Saharan Africa and one population in western India.

One of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture, the lion has been extensively depicted in sculptures and paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature. Lions have been kept in menageries since the time of the Roman Empire and have been a key species sought for exhibition in zoological gardens across the world since the late 18th century. Cultural depictions of lions were prominent in Ancient Egypt, and depictions have occurred in virtually all ancient and medieval cultures in the lion's historic and current range.

MintSunshine Minting Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage52,000
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Obverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion - obverse photo

Within a plain 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 left, the face value 5000 FRANCS (five thousand Central African CFA Francs); around below, the date of issue 2016; around below right, the precious metal content: 1oz 999 Silver (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO 5000 FRANCS 2016 1oz 999 Silver
Reverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts an African lion and lioness walking towards the viewer.

This is part of a scene, the full version of which is shown on the one kilo silver coin.

Around above right, the name of the series: AFRICAN LION.

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN LION
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in protective capsule, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Mintage includes 50,000 bullion coins, 500 with antique finish, 1,000 plain proofs and 500 gilded proofs.

See also

Coins in the African Lion series include:
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Burundi 2015
- 1 kg Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 10 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 5 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 1 kg Silver, African Lion, Chad 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Chad 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Niue 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Chad 2018

Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion: Known varieties
Variety Antique Finish
Images Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Antique Finish - obverse photo Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Antique Finish - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Details

In capsule, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Variety Proof
Images Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Proof - obverse photo Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
Details

In capsule, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Variety Gilded Proof
Images Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Gilded Proof - obverse photo Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion / Gilded Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Details

The figures of the lions are selectively gold plated.

In capsule, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Silver Ounce 2016 African Lion: Details
CountryCongo, Republic of the
CurrencyCentral African CFA Franc, Republic of the Congo
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2016
SymbolCoat of Arms of the Republic of the Congo
Face Value5000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage52,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size38.430 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-AXKV-EXJL
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