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Solar Eclipse Burkina Faso Super Moon 3 oz. Silver Coin

Great news is that the Burkina Faso 2015 1500 francs Eclipse of the Sun Proof-like Silver Coin is now available on pre-order at First Coin Company. Be sure to order yours today!

2015 Solar Eclipse 3 oz. Silver Coin 1500 Francs Burkina Faso

I discuss this extremely low mintage African coin in this article. I also discuss the rare astronomical and/or lunar event that took place on March 20, 2015 – the subject of this coin. I also provide more information pertaining to the issuing authority of this coin: The Republic of Burkina Faso – a fascinating country in its own right. 

This limited edition, 3 oz. .999 fine solar eclipse themed silver coin (see image above) is set to turn a few heads. It is not the first of such coins to be issued, but certainly one of the more attractive ones. It will be issued to commemorate the total solar eclipse which took place on March 20, 2015.

A solar eclipse in itself is not a rare event, a few occur every year. Even total solar eclipses, which are deemed less frequent, normally occur every 1-2 years… so what’s the big deal with this Burkina Faso, African coin you might ask?

Solar Eclipse, Super Moon and Equinox on March 20, 2015 – Super Rare Event

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon totally obstructs the image of the sun as viewed from the earth. This happens when the moon passes between the sun and earth, blocking all direct sunlight.  

A super moon (“supermoon”) is when the moon appears to be at its largest due to the shortest distance between it and the earth. This happens when the moon travels on its elliptic orbit, an orbit with an eccentricity of less than one, and reaches the perigee (see image below).

elliptic orbit of the moon

Night and day are more or less of the same length during an equinox. It is an astronomical event during which the flat, two-dimensional surface (plane) of the Equator moves passed the center of the sun.

What makes the total solar eclipse that happened on March 20, 2015 so special is that it happened at the same time as the spring equinox of the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn equinox of the Southern Hemisphere.

The previous occasion this happened was in 1662 and it is only expected to happen on March 20, 2034 again – making what happened on March 20, 2015 a super rare lunar event!

Solar eclipse of March 20, 2015

Total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 as seen from Longyearbyen, Norway.

Source of Photo: Damien Deltenre

The total solar eclipse on March 2015 was triggered by a super moon (“supermoon”) during a new moon phase – when the moon and sun had the same ecliptical longitude. Only the shadow or silhouette of this new moon was visible from the earth.

The total eclipse on March 2015 could only be seen in a narrow band from Svalbard and the Faroe Islands in Europe. Other parts of the world experienced it as a partial solar eclipse – due to its changing path of totality as observed from one geographical location to the next (see image below).

The next time Europe will observe a total solar eclipse again will be on August 12, 2026. This makes the simultaneous solar eclipse and equinox of March 20, 2015 an even rarer event.

Total Solar Eclipse

Path of Totality

Eclipse of the Sun – 2015 3 oz. Fine Silver Coin – Partly Colored and Gold Plated – 1500 Francs

This 2015 Burkina Faso solid silver coin is of proof quality and comes packed with 3 oz. of .999 fine silver – three times the silver contained in an American Silver Eagle (ASE)!

It weighs 93.3 g and has a diameter of 55 mm (2.16535 in) – over an inch bigger than the ASE in diameter. This leaves ample space for the design to come to life, especially on the reverse of the coin (see image below).

Eclipse of the Sun Solar 3 oz. Silver Coin 1500 Francs Burkina Faso 2015

2015 Solar Eclipse 3 oz. Silver Coin 1500 Francs Burkina Faso – Reverse

The reverse design features the surface of the moon in breathtaking detail, including deep craters – different finishes were used to make it super realistic.

In addition, the design incorporates a depiction of the total eclipse that took place on March 20, 2015. The eclipse is not depicted in its totality. This left room to introduce a partially gold plated sun into the design – something that really stands out in the design, especially in combination with the colored elements.

Inscriptions on the reverse of the 1500 Francs 2015 Burkina Faso – Eclipse of the Sun 3 oz. include: “SOLAR ECLIPSE 2015” and “3 OZ .999 FINE SILVER.”

2015 Solar Eclipse 3 oz. Silver Coin 1500 Francs Burkina Faso – Obverse

2015 Solar Eclipse 3 oz. Silver Coin 1500 Francs Burkina Faso – Obverse

The obverse of this legal tender coin seems to have an antique finish. In addition, it features the coat of arms of the Republic of Burkina Faso along with the following inscriptions: “REPUBLIQUE DU BURKINA FASO” and its face value of “1500 FRANCS CFA.”

Burkina Faso – Issuing Authority – Africa is not for Sissies

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that were originally known as the Republic of Upper Volta. It was renamed in 1984 to “Burkina Faso” by the President at the time, Thomas Sankara. This former French colony has seen its fair share of upheaval, including many governmental changes.

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Speaking of which, a military coup d’état was carried out by the Regiment of Presidential Security on September 16, 2015. They were forced by the African Union, ECOWAS and the armed forces to reinstate Michel Kafando as Acting President a few days later on September 24, 2015.

Coup Leaser Gilbert Diendéré during happier times

Coup Leaser Gilbert Diendéré during happier times

Source of Photo: Watchdog News

The coup leader, Gilbert Diendéré (see image above) – the Acting President for a mere 7 days – apologized and is facing heavy charges. This certainly adds to the appeal of this coin – assuming of course one has an appetite for the rebellious side of Africa. 

Why add the Solar Eclipse, Burkina Faso, 2015, 3 oz. Silver, 1500 Francs coin to your collection?

  • Rare Lunar Event: This African coin commemorates a rare lunar event that can only be observed in 2034 again – almost 20 years from now!
  • Reverse Design: This limited mintage 3 oz. .999 fine silver coin boasts an extremely attractive reverse design – consisting of various finishes (proof, gold plated, colored and frosted).
  • Luxury Display Case: This silver coin comes seated in a luxurious display case and/or box (see image below).

Solar Eclipse, Burkina Faso, 2015, 3 oz. Silver, 1500 Francs, Eclipse of the Sun

Luxurious Display Case and/or Box

  • Legal Tender: The coin is legal tender for 1500 Francs in the Republic of Burkina Faso – the issuing authority of this coin.
  • Precious Metals Content: This solid silver coin is partially gold plated and comes packed with 3 oz. of .999 fine silver – 3 times the amount of silver contained in an ASE. This provides a protective value floor beyond the numismatic value of this limited edition coin. In addition, this collector issue proof quality coin is relatively well priced compared to its 3 oz. collector issue counterparts. However, it is certainly not a coin that one can expect to pick up close to silver spot, especially considering the low mintage of only 999 coins. This substantially pushes up the design, minting, marketing and relating costs per unit and/or coin.
  • Certificate of Authenticity (CoA): This coin will come with a CoA and it will probably be individually numbered.
  • Extremely Low Mintage: A total of only 999 of these coins will be minted and distributed worldwide. This certainly adds to the appeal of this extremely low mintage coin.
  • Free International Shipping + Tax or VAT Refund: Pre-order yours from First Coin Company (FCC), one of the authorized dealers, and enjoy free international shipping. FCC will also refund any tax or VAT when applicable. These are expecting to ship within February this year (2016).
  • Perfect Gift: This impressive African coin makes the perfect gift for any occasion – it will certainly turn a few heads!

GoldUSD 1,279.30   per Ounce
SilverUSD 16.95   per Ounce
PlatinumUSD 927.80   per Ounce

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