Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla, Coin from Rwanda - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla, Coin from Rwanda
CoinSilver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla

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 silver ounce (1 oz silver) format, denominated usually as 50 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 African Ounce series which features a new animal on the reverse every year; this year's design is dedicated to the Gorilla.

Gorillas are herbivorous, predominantly ground-dwelling great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of equatorial Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorilla and the western gorilla. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of humans, from 95 to 99% depending on what is included, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gorillas are the largest living primates, reaching heights between 1.25 and 1.8 metres, weights between 100 and 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 called a silverback. 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.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,000
Obverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla - 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 NASIYONALI Y'U RWANDA (National Bank of Rwanda; in French: Banque Nationale du Rwanda; abbreviated as BNR).

Around below, the face value AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU (50 FRW - fifty Rwandan Francs).

The background has a textured surface.

Obverse Inscription BANKI NASIYONALI Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Reverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a large relief map of Africa, partly interrupting the rim.

Below left, a family of African gorillas: father, mother and baby.

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

Around above right, the date of issue 2008. Around below right, facing outward, the precious metal content: 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

The background has a textured surface.

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN OUNCE 2008 1 oz FINE SILVER 999
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: sealed in plastic foil branded for BNR (National Bank of Rwanda); multiples of 10 come in sheets of unbroken foils.

This first edition of the Africa Ounce is considered the "key date" of the series.

See also

Coins in the African Ounce series include:
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Gorilla, 2008
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Elephant, 2009
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Lion, 2010
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Zebra, 2011
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Rhino, 2012
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Cheetah, 2013
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Impala, 2014
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Cape Buffalo, 2015
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Meerkat, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Hippopotamus, 2017
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Giraffe, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Giraffe, 2018
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Shoebill Stork, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Shoebill Stork, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Bushbaby (Galago), 2020
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Bushbaby (Galago), 2020
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Okapi, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Okapi, 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, African Ounce - Pelican, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Pelican, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Pelican, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, African Ounce - Nile Crocodile, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, African Ounce - Nile Crocodile, 2023

Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla: Known varieties
Variety Gilded Reverse
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

The map of Africa on the reverse is selectively gold plated.

Variety f12 Privy Mark
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin issued for the "Fabulous 12" series (a selection of twelve silver ounce coins, different every year), with a circular f12 privy mark above the ape's head on the left.

Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
All (28) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NASIYONALI Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2009 African Ounce - Elephant 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2010 African Ounce - Lion 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2011 African Ounce - Zebra 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2012 African Ounce - Rhino 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2013 African Ounce - Cheetah 11,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2014 African Ounce - Impala 11,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2015 African Ounce - Cape Buffalo 11,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat 11,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2017 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rooster unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus 11,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2017 Nautical Ounce - Santa Maria unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2018 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Dog unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2018 African Ounce - Giraffe 6,000 Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2018 Nautical Ounce - HMS Endeavour unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2019 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Pig unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2019 African Ounce - Shoebill unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2019 Nautical Ounce - Victoria unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2020 African Ounce - Bushbaby unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2020 Nautical Ounce - Mayflower unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2021 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Ox unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2021 African Ounce - Okapi unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2021 Nautical Ounce - Sedov unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2022 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Tiger unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2022 African Ounce - Pelican unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2023 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rabbit unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Silver Ounce 2023 African Ounce - Nile Crocodile unknown Coat of Arms of Rwanda BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
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Silver Ounce 2008 African Ounce - Gorilla: Details
CountryRwanda
CurrencyRwandan Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2008
SymbolCoat of Arms of Rwanda
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage6,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass31.135 g
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-MBJP-EYJD
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