Silver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat, Coin from Rwanda - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat, Coin from Rwanda
CoinSilver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat

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 Rwandan Lunar Ounce series dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac, and marks the 2020 Year of the Rat (25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021).

The Rat or Mouse (鼠) is the first of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, constituting part of the Chinese calendar system (with similar systems in use elsewhere). The Year of the Rat in standard Chinese is Chinese: 鼠年; pinyin: shǔnián. The rat is associated with the first branch of the Earthly Branch symbol 子 (zǐ), which starts a repeating cycle of twelve years. The Chinese word shǔ (鼠) refers to various small rodents (Muroidea), such as rats and mice. The term "zodiac" ultimately derives from an Ancient Greek term referring to a "circle of little animals". There are also a yearly month of the rat and a daily hour of the rat (Chinese double hour, midnight, 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.). Years of the rat are cyclically differentiated by correlation to the Heavenly Stems cycle, resulting in a repeating cycle of five years of the rat (over a sixty-year period), each rat year also being associated with one of the Chinese wu xing, also known as the "five elements", or "phases": the "Five Phases" being Fire (火 huǒ), Water (水 shuǐ), Wood (木 mù), Metal (金 jīn), and Earth (土 tǔ).

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Rwanda / Silver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat - 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 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat - reverse photo

The reverse design depicts a rat, in a "stained glass" mosaic style common to all coins in the series.

Inscribed within an octagon above, the Chinese character for rat: . Below the rat and on the left, YEAR OF THE RAT.

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

Around above right, the date of issue 2020. Around below right, facing outward, the precious metal content: 1 oz FINE SILVER 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription 鼠 YEAR OF THE RAT LUNAR OUNCE 2020 1 oz FINE SILVER 999
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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 Rwandan Lunar Ounce series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Dog, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Dog, 2018
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Pig, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Pig, 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat, 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Ox, 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Ox, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Ox, 2021
- 1 oz Platinum, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Tiger, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Tiger, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Tiger, 2022
- 1 oz Platinum, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rabbit, 2023
- 1 oz Gold, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rabbit, 2023
- 1 oz Silver, Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rabbit, 2023

Silver Ounce 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 1,000
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 2020 Lunar Ounce - Year of the Rat: Details
CountryRwanda
CurrencyRwandan Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2020
SymbolCoat of Arms of Rwanda
Face Value50 (x Franc)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-KJYW-OMPX
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