Scottsdale Mint expands the 2017 Congo Silverback Gorilla range with a kilo coin and a coloured ounce

For all of the various bullion coins issued by Scottsdale Mint over the last couple of years (Marlins, Leopards, Scorpions and Japanese art), the main core of their efforts has been the Silverback Gorilla range issued for the African state, the Republic of Congo. The third annual coin was launched back in early July and is now widely available for sale.

Previous issues have seen the release of a coloured proof version of the coin for collectors of commemoratives and today sees the release of that one. What wasn’t expected however, was the launch a a kilo version of the bullion variant. Expected to be a new annual issue going forward, this is a welcome addition to the relatively limited selection of silver bullion coins in this weight.

The coloured one-ounce coin will have a mintage of 2,500 pieces and comes boxed with a certificate of authenticity. The design is exactly the same as the bullion coin with the exception of the gorilla, which is coloured. It’s a good-looking design that works well with the colour, something not always the case. Packaging looks decent and it should be shipping from the last week of September.

Of particular interest to stackers will be the new kilogram-sized bullion version. Again, there are no changes to the basic design outside of composition and denomination inscriptions, much like Perth Mint kilo coins, but it’s a fine looking coin and a great alternative to the usual choices. Supplied in a capsule, this one will be priced as a bullion coin and we believe it’ll be competitive with the rest of the market. Mintage is capped at 5,000 units and it should be available right about now.

 

2017 CONGO SILVERBACK KILO AND COLOURED SILVER COINS

MINTS DESCRIPTION

Scottsdale Mint is pleased to announce the release of the 1 Kilo Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla Silver Coin BU (2017) AND the release of the 1 oz Color Commemorative Proof Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla Silver Coin (2017).  The release of the Kilo Gorilla Coin is the first kilo coin released by Scottsdale Mint and represents the first kilo coin in the Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla annual series!  The coin features, in stunning detail, a fearsome Silverback Gorilla mouth agape in the foreground surrounded by jungle foliage in the background.  The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of the Republic of the Congo.

The complete mintage of the 1 Kilo Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla Silver Coin BU (2017) is limited to only 5,000 pieces.  The complete mintage of the 1 oz Color Commemorative Proof Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla Silver Coin (2017) is limited to only 2,500.

The coins, manufactured and distributed by Scottsdale Mint and legal tender in the Republic of the Congo, are struck in .999+ silver, weighing 1 kilogram and 1 troy ounce each and will ship to you encapsulated.  The 1 oz Color Commemorative Proof Republic of the Congo Silverback Gorilla Silver Coin (2017) will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and custom outer packaging.

SPECIFICATION

NAME 2017 COLOURED SILVERBACK 2017 KILO SILVERBACK
DENOMINATION 5,000 Francs CFA 10,000 Francs CFA
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 1,000 grams
DIAMETER 39.00 mm 100.00 mm
FINISH Proof Brilliant uncirculated
MODIFICATIONS Colouring None
MINTAGE 2,500 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes No / No
SCOTTSDALE MINT