Five Dollars, Silver, Coin Type from Palau - detailed information

Five Dollars, Silver, Coin Type from Palau (issued 2012 - )
Coin TypeFive Dollars, Silver

The Republic of Palau is an island country in the western Pacific, in free association with the United States. In one way or another, the country has been under US administration since it was established, and has never had its own separate currency - it has always used the US Dollar. However, Palau allows some foreign mints to issue coins under its authority; these are denominated in US Dollars but are only legal tender in Palau, so can in a way be considered to be in "Palau Dollars", even though such a currency does not officially exist.

The coins are usually dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to the country itself. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes, but some of the silver $5 (five dollars) - such as those listed below - are not; their weight is more than a half ounce but less than one ounce, and is "metric" - 25 grams of silver.

Obverse
Palau / Five Dollars, Silver - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin features the unofficial "Emblem of Palau" used on much of the country's coinage. It has an ornate shield at centre, on which is depicted the sea god Neptune, crowned and seated on a round stone and holding a trident in his left hand; on the right, a bare breasted mermaid; on the left, a treasure chest. The ground is a beach, featuring waves and a starfish. Above Neptune, a star. Below the waves, the inscription RAINBOW'S END. Above the shield is a native rowing in a single-outrigger canoe.

Around above, surrounded by three stars on the left and three stars on the right, the name of the country: *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU ***.

Below, the face value $5 (five dollars).

Obverse Inscription *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $5
Reverse
Palau / Five Dollars, Silver - reverse photo

Various designs as listed individually below.

Reverse Inscription
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Five Dollars, Silver: Details
CountryPalau
CurrencyPalau Dollar
From2012
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
MaterialSilver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass25.000 g