Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus, Coin from Rwanda - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus, Coin from Rwanda
CoinSilver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus

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 Hippopotamus.

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), also called the hippo, is a large semiaquatic mammal native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae, the other being the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis or Hexaprotodon liberiensis).

Aside from elephants and rhinos, the hippopotamus is the largest land mammal. Despite their physical resemblance to pigs and other terrestrial even-toed ungulates, the closest living relatives of the hippopotamids are cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises, etc.), from which they diverged about 55 million years ago. Hippos are recognisable for their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths with large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, pillar-like legs, and large size: adults average 1,500 kg for bulls (males) and 1,300 kg for cows (females). Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it is capable of running at 30 km/h over short distances.

Hippos inhabit rivers, lakes, and mangrove swamps. Territorial bulls each preside over a stretch of water and a group of five to thirty cows and calves. Mating and birth both occur in the water. During the day, hippos remain cool by staying in water or mud, emerging at dusk to graze on grasses. While hippos rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos typically do not display territorial behaviour on land. Hippos are among the most dangerous animals in the world due to their aggressive and unpredictable nature.

The Latin word hippopotamus is derived from the ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος, hippopótamos, from ἵππος, híppos, "horse", and ποταμός, potamós, 'river', meaning "horse of the river". In English, the plural is "hippopotamuses", but "hippopotami" is also used.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage11,000
Obverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus - 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 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus - reverse photo

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

Below left, a mother hippopotamus and her baby.

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

Around above right, the date of issue 2017. 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 2017 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 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus: 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 hippo 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
Advertising
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus: Details
CountryRwanda
CurrencyRwandan Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2017
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 IDMXKD-OKQC-DQNR-OWQJ
Share or Bookmark this Page
Silver Ounce 2017 African Ounce - Hippopotamus: Photos
ImageDetails
2017 Rwanda 1 oz Silver African Hippo BU
Copyright: APMEX
Source
2017 Rwanda 1 oz Silver African Hippo BU
Copyright: APMEX
Source