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PAVE PANDA Three Dimensional 3 Oz Silver Coin 1000 Francs Rwanda 2015


The amazing 3 Oz Silver three dimensional pave coin issued by Rwanda dedicated to the protection of the emblem of the WWF, the Giant Panda. The animals were placed under protection in 1939, only an estimated 1600 specimens live in the wild in southwest China today. Mintage 999 pieces worldwide.

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WWF and the Giant Panda
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded on April 29, 1961, and is working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. It is the world's largest conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects. WWF is a foundation, in 2010 deriving 57% of funding from individuals and bequests, 17% from government sources (such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID) and 11% from corporations.

The group's mission is "to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature." Currently, much of its work focuses on the conservation of three biomes that contain most of the world's biodiversity: oceans and coasts, forests, and freshwater ecosystems. Among other issues, it is also concerned with endangered species, pollution and climate change.

The giant panda also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The name "giant panda" is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda's diet is over 99% bamboo. Giant pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food.

The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

  • CountryRwanda
  • Year2015
  • Face Value1000 Francs
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)65
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin's reverse depicts the animal, the Giant Panda with the Pavé setting, a technique for small gem stones in which the stones are set so closely together that no metal shows. A pave surface appears to be paved with gem stones. In real life the giant panda has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, arms and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. This coin show the animal with the Pavé setting in its natural coloration eating its principal food the bamboo leafs. On coin reverse we find also the inscription "The Giant Panda", the issue year, the silver fineness and weight.
On the coin's obverse the coat of arms of Rwanda and the face value.