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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of central Africa's largest and most resource-rich countries, has been circulating silver coins denominated in francs since 1887, when it was a colony of Belgium. It also has close ties to the Dutch founders of South Africa, as well as French colonial influence. This is why many Congolese francs from the colonial period feature dual legends, one in Dutch and one in French. Though it has been an independent republic since 1965, Congolese currency still shows remnants of its colonial rule.
Today, the Congo actively mints a variety of silver coins. Many modern silver commemorative Congo coins depict the distinctive wildlife of Africa and the Serengeti, such as the Magnificent Big Cats series. Other silver collectibles dedicated to lions, cheetahs, and leopards have also been minted since the 1990s.
With its many connections to European cultures, Congo's coinage also features silver commemoratives honoring the Papacy, as well as the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard protecting the Pope. These coins are legal tender designated with a face value in francs. Browse Gainesville Coins' selection of Congo silver coins.