Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria, Coin from Rwanda - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria, Coin from Rwanda
CoinGold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria

The Rwandan Franc was introduced as the currency of Rwanda in 1964. Apart from its regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the internationally popular gold ounce (1 oz gold) format, denominated usually as 100 Francs. Like any bullion coin though, their actual value is unrelated to the face value, and is based primarily on the metal content and the spot price of that metal on the commodities markets.

This coin is the first issue in the Rwandan Nautical Ounce series which features a new reverse design every year; this year's edition commemorates the 525th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492, and depicts the Santa Maria - the flagship of his expedition which set sail to find a shorter path from Europe to Asia but discovered a new continent instead.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage100
Obverse
Rwanda / Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Rwanda. At its centre is a traditional basket, surrounded by the central tribal devices: a stem of sorghum on the left, and a branch of a coffee tree on the right, surmounted on a cog wheel with the sun with its rays above. These are protected by two typical Rwandan shields, one on the right and one on the left. The design is encircled by a rope, tied below in a square knot.

On a ribbon above, REPUBULIKA Y'U RWANDA (Republic of Rwanda); on a ribbon below, the motto UBUMWE · UMURIMO · GUKUNDA IGIHUGU (Unity, Work, Patriotism in Kinyarwanda - the official Rwandan language).

Around above, the name of the issuing authority: BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA (National Bank of Rwanda; in French: Banque Nationale du Rwanda; abbreviated as BNR).

Around below, the face value AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA (100 FRW - one hundred Rwandan Francs).

Obverse Inscription BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Reverse
Rwanda / Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts Christopher Columbus' ship Santa Maria at full sail.

Above right, a compass rose (sometimes called a "wind rose") showing the main directions, with "rhumb lines" radiating from it into the background of the design. In an oval above the ship, encircled by a rope, navigational instruments of the time: spyglass, compass and sextant.

On the waves below, the name of the ship: Santa Maria.

Around left, the name of the coin series: NAUTICAL OUNCE.

Around above right, the date of issue 2017. Around below right, facing outward, the precious metal content: 1 oz FINE GOLD 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription NAUTICAL OUNCE 2017 1 oz FINE GOLD 999 Santa Maria
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in plastic capsule and leatherette pouch, with a Certificate of Authenticity branded with BNR (National Bank of Rwanda).

See also

Coins in the Nautical Ounce series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria, 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Nautical Ounce - HMS Endeavour, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Nautical Ounce - HMS Endeavour, 2018
- 1 oz Gold, Nautical Ounce - Victoria, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Nautical Ounce - Victoria, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Nautical Ounce - Mayflower, 2020
- 3 oz Silver Antique High Relief, Nautical Ounce - Mayflower, 2020
- 1 oz Silver (with Antique version), Nautical Ounce - Mayflower, 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Nautical Ounce - Sedov, 2021
- 3 oz Silver Antique High Relief, Nautical Ounce - Sedov, 2021
- 1 oz Silver (with Antique version), Nautical Ounce - Sedov, 2021

All (18) coins of type: Gold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Ounce 2017 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rooster 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2018 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rooster 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2018 African Ounce - Giraffe 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2018 Nautical Ounce - HMS Endeavour 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2019 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Pig 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2019 African Ounce - Shoebill 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2019 Nautical Ounce - Victoria 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda NAUTICAL OUNCE 2019 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 Victoria
Gold Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2020 African Ounce - Bushbaby 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2020 Nautical Ounce - Mayflower 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2021 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Ox 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2021 African Ounce - Okapi 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2021 Nautical Ounce - Sedov 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2022 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Tiger 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2022 African Ounce - Pelican 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2023 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rabbit 188 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
Gold Ounce 2023 African Ounce - Nile Crocodile 100 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 100 IJANA
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Gold Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria: Details
CountryRwanda
CurrencyRwandan Franc
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2017
SymbolCoat of Arms of Rwanda
Face Value100 (x Franc)
Total Mintage100
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Thickness2.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-ZXPR-OMPX
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