Silver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat, Coin from Rwanda - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat, Coin from Rwanda
CoinSilver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat

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 part of the African Ounce series which features a new animal on the reverse every year; this year's design is dedicated to the Meerkat.

The meerkat (Suricata suricatta) or suricate is a small mongoose found in southern Africa. It is characterised by a broad head, large eyes, a pointed snout, long legs, a thin tapering tail, and a brindled coat pattern. The head-and-body length is around 24 - 35 cm, and the weight is typically between 0.62 and 0.97 kg. The coat is light grey to yellowish-brown with alternate, poorly-defined light and dark bands on the back. Meerkats have foreclaws adapted for digging and have the ability to thermoregulate to survive in their harsh, dry habitat.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage11,000
Obverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat - 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 50 MIRONGO ITANU (50 FRW - fifty Rwandan Francs).

Obverse Inscription BANKI NKURU Y'U RWANDA AMAFARANGA 50 MIRONGO ITANU
Reverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat - reverse photo

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

Below left, a family of meerkats - father, mother and baby.

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

Around above right, the date of issue 2016. Around below right, facing outward, the precious metal content: 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN OUNCE 2016 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.

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 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat: Known varieties
Variety f15 Privy Mark
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 10,000
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin issued for the "Fabulous 15" series (a selection of fifteen silver ounce coins, different every year), with a circular f15 privy mark above the meerkat 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 2016 African Ounce - Meerkat: Details
CountryRwanda
CurrencyRwandan Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2016
SymbolCoat of Arms of Rwanda
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Total Mintage11,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass31.135 g
OCC IDANMQ-OPYC-DNLY-EJYG
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