Gold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull, Coin from Palau
CoinGold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull

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.

The Golden Pirate Skull is part of a large series of specially shaped gold mini-coins by CIT Coin Invest, and is also part of the "Skulls" collection.

The Mint says about it:
"Following the overall surge in popularity in skull designs and the huge success of the Skull No1 coin and its small gold equivalent, CIT proudly introduces three additional coin skulls in 2017. Headlining the new releases is undoubtedly the Big Skull. A special shape combined with CIT’s smartminting high relief technology produced an incredible, three dimensional relief on Skull No1 that becomes even more astounding on its hefty half-kilo big brother that ships in a luxurious collector’s box and is limited to 555 pieces. The direct successor of the 1oz Skull No1 is the gruff Pirate Skull, a derivative of the original with an equally impressive relief and antique finish. Lastly, the little Golden Skull also received a pirate treatment and now features cross bones behind the aged skull."

The coin is shaped like a skull. Like all other gold half grams in the special shapes series, the date of issue is not written on the coin.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Obverse
Palau / Gold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull - 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 (2017) Pirate Skull - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, and is shaped as, a human skull with two thigh bones crossed behind it (a symbol usually associated with pirate flags).

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: BU (Brilliant Uncirculated).
CIT Item ID: 28207

See also

Coins in the Skulls series include:
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Skull No 1, 2016
- 500g Silver Antique, Big Skull, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Pirate Skull, 2017
- 0.5 g Gold, Skull 2017
- 0.5 g Gold, Pirate Skull 2017
- 1 oz Gold, Pirate Skull - Blackbeard 2018
- 500g Silver Antique, Big Pirate Skull, 2018
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Catrina Skull 2018
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Catrina Skull 2018
- 1 oz Silver Antique, Biker Skull 2019
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Biker Skull 2019

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Gold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull: Details
CountryPalau
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2017
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.920 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-NYQL-OYJD
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