Silver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba, Coin from Congo, Republic of the - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba, Coin from Congo, Republic of the
CoinSilver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba

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 first issue in the Africa's Deadly Snakes series, and features the Black Mamba.

The Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis) reaches a maximum body length of up to 4.50 meters, making it the longest venomous snake in Africa. Its name is derived from the colouring of its mouth cavity, which can vary between dark blue and jet black, while the body is olive green to greyish brown in colour. Its habitat extends from South and East Africa to Eritrea, where the northernmost occurrences have been documented.

The venom of the black mamba is a highly potent neurotoxin that can become very dangerous to humans even in small amounts, causing death within minutes. Incidents involving black mambas are relatively common, as the snake also chooses human dwellings as retreats. Compared to other venomous snakes, the black mamba is also considered more aggressive, making it the world's most dangerous and feared venomous snake.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,000
Obverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba - 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 500 FRANCS CFA (five hundred Central African CFA Francs).

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIQUE DU CONGO 500 FRANCS CFA
Reverse
Congo, Republic of the / Silver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin depicts an African black mamba snake, coiled, raising its head.

Around above, the name of the coin series: AFRICA'S DEADLY SNAKES; around below, BLACK MAMBA.

In small letters around left, the precious metal content: 1 OZ 999 FINE SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Around right, the date of issue 2022.

Reverse Inscription AFRICA'S DEADLY SNAKES BLACK MAMBA 1 OZ 999 FINE SILVER 2022
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Date of issue: December 2022

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Silver Ounce 2022 Black Mamba: Details
CountryCongo, Republic of the
CurrencyCentral African CFA Franc, Republic of the Congo
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2022
SymbolCoat of Arms of the Republic of the Congo
Face Value500 (x Franc)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-DLNL-EJYG
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