Burundi is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Africa that gained its independence in 1962.  It is one of the five poorest countries of the world and is a former French colony that continues to use the French franc as its currency.

Burundi only entered the world of collectible coins in 2015, when the African Lion coin silver series debuted. This series is distributed exclusively on a worldwide basis by MCM. The African Lion coins include both a bullion issue with a mintage limit of 50,000, and other versions that are issued in smaller numbers, which includes proof as well as gilt and colored proof coins.  Each comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The African Lion is an endangered animal, whose population has declined dramatically over the years.  It is the apex predator of the Sub-Saharan African plains and has been nicknamed “king of the jungle.” This series is aimed especially at collectors who enjoy wildlife-themed coins.