500 Rwanda francs (Republic of Rwanda)
Combined minting and casting technology, three-dimensional sculpture-coin, yellow-gold-refining
M. Mazouni, NUMISTRADE (Germany)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: image of coat of arms of Rwanda, face value: 500 Frw. Inscription: BANKI NKURU Y’RWANDA and AMAFARANGA MAGANA ATANU AG 999; Issue Year: 2012.
Reverse: the “Dragon of wealth” is gleaming in pure yellow-gold – formerly the colour of the emperor.
A brief annotation
The year 2012 represents the “Year of the Dragon” in the Chinese Zodiac. In the Chinese mythology the dragon is very important. As powerful often godlike creature the yellow dragon was a symbol of the Chinese emperor and it was only allowed the emperor to use this symbol.
Wealth, longevity and fortune will be associated with the dragon.
With the collection “2012 Year of the dragon” the art of minting reaches a new dimension. The new especially for this coin-series developed production method “Full Dimensional Minting” is a revolutionary combination of minting and casting technology. So the reverse of the coins could be arranged as full three-dimensional sculptures for the first time. Thus the dragon-motifs get an all-time fascinating plasticity. Due to this important innovation of production technology it was possible to produce the first three-dimensional coin.