The Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series released from 2009 – 2014 are the perfect collector coins. They are designed to be the collectibles that celebrate the beauty of the African continent. The coins are based on the wildlife found in Rwanda, which is one of the many nations in the African continent. The coins are minted from .999 high-quality silver with 1 troy ounce. The minting process for the coins was initiated in 2008 when BH Mayer’s mint Kunstprageanstalt Gmbh located in Munich, Germany was contracted to produce the series featuring the elegant and significant African wildlife. The unique aspect with the series is that each of the coins represent a celebrated African animal, some which are endangered.
2015 Silver Rwanda Buffalo – The African buffalo is the most recent of the Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series released in 2015. The coin is unique featuring a female cape buffalo with her calf alongside walking through a field looking for pasture to graze on. The image is next to an outline of the African Continent. The African Buffalo series has a 10,000 mintage and costs €28.77.
2014 Silver Rwanda Impala – The African Impala is the 2014 release of the series. It is based on the Impala, a subset of the antelope family mainly found in the plains of the African continent. The coin features a male and female impala in a field with their conspicuous horns being the distinct feature. The African Impala series has a 10,000 mintage and costs €30.61.
2013 Silver Rwanda Cheetah – The coin based on the African Cheetah, the fastest animal of the cat family, and is the 2013 release of the series. It has a mintage of 10,000, and it is on this series that the mintage increased due to demand. The coin features two cheetahs standing and watching the horizon for prey or danger. The coin costs $79.99.
2012 Silver Rwanda Rhinos – The rhino defines the native African wildlife. The coin based on the rhino is the 2012 release of the series. It features a rhino with the calf grazing gracefully in the tropical setting of the African continent. The African Rhino series had a mintage of only 5,000 which indicates the limited release and the consequent expensive cost of the coins.
2011 Silver Rwanda Zebra – The African Zebra is the game animal that graces the 2011 release of the Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series. The series had a low mintage of 5,000 coins. It features a mature Zebra and a young one moving through tall grass mainly found in the savanna and tropic regions. The zebra is a trademark of wildlife in Africa owing to its popularity.
2010 Silver Rwanda Lion – The African lion is the featured animal on the 2010 release. The Lion is significant among game life in Africa as it is considered the dominant force in the jungle and thus, the coin features a pride of lions with the male lion standing guard overlooking the pride while females and cubs rest. The coin series had a low mintage of 5,000.
2009 Silver Rwanda Elephant – The African Elephant is the biggest of all game animals. The African Elephant is featured as the 2009 release of the Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series. The coin features a herd of elephants walking and grazing through the savanna with the image having a male elephant, a female and their calf. The coin had a low mintage of 5,000.
More About the Rwanda African Silver Coin Series
The original mintage was set at 5,000 to make the coins have a significant value, and this mintage lasted from 2009 to 2012 covering the African Elephant, African Lion, African Zebra and African Rhino series. As from 2013, the mintage was increased to 10,000, a significant double setting to cover the demand that had accumulated as a result of the popularity of the coins. The 10,000 mintage covered the African Cheetah, African Impala and African Buffalo releases.
The obverse side of the coin features the coat of arms of Rwanda while the reverse side changes annually with the images of the different wildlife featuring. The reverse side also features an outline of Africa next to the majestic animals and the inscriptions of “African Ounce”, “1oz Fine Silver .999” and year of release around the edges of the coin. The coins have a diameter of 40.6mm with a 3mm thickness setting and have a legal tender value of 50 RWF (Rwandese Franc)
The coins are packaged in capsules for the individual coins and mint boxes for multiples of 100. Due to high demand and consequently limited mintage which in the Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series runs up until a new release is scheduled, access to the multiples is hard to come by. The price range of the mintage from 2009 to 2012 was significantly higher due to low status ranging between $150 and $225 while that of the mintage from 2013 to 2015 ranges between $56 and $82 due to the increased mintage.
The Rwanda Silver Wildlife Series of coins is exactly what a collector needs when looking towards high-quality bullion coins celebrating nature and the wildlife sanctuary as a whole. The series looks to appreciate the beauty of the animal kingdom with a native African touch to it. Rwanda is a country that has a rich heritage in wildlife and is also at the heart of Africa regarding its natural resource. The coins thus celebrate Rwanda and the natural wildlife heritage it has together with the African continent at large.