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2017 Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce 1 oz Silver Coin BU

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When Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, his expedition sailed in a three-ship flotilla. The largest of those ships was his flagship, the Spanish-built Santa Maria. The ship was chosen as the first to feature in the Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series when it debuted in 2017. Right now, you can buy 2017 Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce 1 oz Silver Coins online at Provident Metals.


  • Arrives with an individual protective plastic flip or sealed sheet of 10 coins!
  • 1st coin issued in the Rwandan Nautical Ounce Silver Series!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver in BU condition.
  • Bears a face value of 50 Francs fully backed by the Bank of Rwanda.
  • The obverse field includes the depiction of the Santa Maria sailing across the ocean.
  • On the reverse is the coat of arms for the Republic of Rwanda.

With your purchase of a 2017 Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce 1 oz Silver Coin, you receive a specimen that is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. The coins in the Rwandan Nautical Ounce Series are available to purchase individually with protective plastic flips or inside of sealed sheets containing 10 coins in total.


The obverse face of the 2017 Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce Silver Coin features a depiction of the ship flying Spanish sails as it navigates across the Atlantic Ocean. Common design elements that would continue throughout the series are featured on this side and include a compass in the background field and a sextant at the top of the design element. The ocean waters spill into the design fields bottom rocker where you will find Santa Maria inscribed in the waters. Other inscriptions read Nautical Ounce, 2017, and 1 oz Fine Silver 999.


On the reverse field of 2017 Rwandan Santa Maria Nautical Ounce Silver Coins is a depiction of the coat of arms for the Republic of Rwanda. The seal includes a traditional pot at the center with branches of coffee and sorghum. Inscriptions on this face are in Kinyarwanda, an official language of Rwanda, and include Banki Nkuru YU Rwanda and Amafaranga Mirongo Itanu.


The Santa Maria was the largest of the ships in Columbus flotilla that also included the Nina and the Pinta. The ships were requisitioned for Columbus by Spains Queen Isabella. Santa Maria met its fate off the coast of Haiti on Christmas Day in 1492. It was dismantled and its timber used to erect Fort Navidad, or Fort Christmas, on the island. This was the first Spanish settlement anywhere in the New World.


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Product Details

Year 2017
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .999
Producer BH Mayer Mint
Thickness 3 mm
Diameter 40 mm
Inner Pack 10
Outer Pack 200
Condition Brilliant Uncirculated
Denomination 50 Francs RWF
Country Rwanda
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Nautical Ounce
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging Dimensions 2.2x2.6x0.1
Provident ID 2573890