Scottsdales 2016 Congo Silverback coin spawns a coloured proof variant

Two years into its new bullion coin programme with the African state, the Republic of Congo, Scottsdale are releasing higher quality proof variants of the coin with a selective colour enhancement. The first coin in Scottsdale Mint’s annual Congo Silverback series arrived last July, followed up by the standard version of the design seen here earlier this year.

Pretty well recieved on the market, these are cool designs, different to most of the wildlife themed bullion coins out there which often have a tweaked version of a recurring design, much like the Rwandan wildlife series. Last years coin was a very dynamic piece of art, this year simply went with imposing. The face-on look at the gorilla was a strong design and has lent itself well to some colour. Other than that the design remains unchanged from the bullion variant. Colour is restricted to the fur and is essentially greyscale, so even those averse to bright colour will not be put off with this subtle implementation. The proof finish is a welcome bonus.

As it’s a proof commemorative rather than a bullion coin, the packaging has been enhanced considerably. Instead of the simple plastic sleeve, this one is encapsulated, in a coin box, and packaged in a coloured shipper box holding a Certificate of Authenticity. Expected to sell for just under $100, it should be available any time now.

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MINTS DESCRIPTION

The Congo’s Silverback Gorilla is now brought to life by Scottsdale Mint in partnership with the Republic of the Congo as a Color Commemorative Proof 1 oz Congo Silverback Gorilla (2016) legal tender coin.  Collectors will instantly recognize Scottsdale’s effort in creating a Color Commemorative Proof coin that is not only exquisitely crafted but also colored in stunning detail.  The complete mintage of the Color Commemorative Proof 1 oz Congo Silverback Gorilla 2016 coin is limited to only 2500 pieces.  This Color Commemorative Proof is the first of its kind to join Scottsdale Mint’s established and very successful annual 1 oz silver Congo Silverback Gorilla bullion coin series.

The coins, struck in .999+ silver, weighing 1 troy ounce each, are proof struck and placed in capsule, a Scottsdale Mint box and outer package.

PACKAGING

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
5,000 FRANCS CFA 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.6 mm PROOF 2,500 YES / YES

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