Gold Half Gram (0.5 g), Coin Type from Palau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram (0.5 g), Coin Type from Palau (issued 2016 - )
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)

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 the internationally popular half gram (0.5g) of gold collector format.

Obverse
Palau / Gold Half Gram (0.5 g) - 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 $1 (one dollar).

Obverse Inscription *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Reverse
Palau / Gold Half Gram (0.5 g) - reverse photo

Various designs as listed individually below.

Reverse Inscription
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Gold Half Gram (0.5 g): Details
CountryPalau
CurrencyPalau Dollar
From2016
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
MaterialGold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeIrregular
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass0.500 g