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

Gold Half Gram (2017) Skull, Coin from Palau
CoinGold Half Gram (2017) 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 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:
"It doesn’t have to be cute and cuddly every time and these CIT issues are far from it. Skull No 1, made of one ounce of fine silver, not only has a unique shape. Its smartminting relief is also outstanding in the truest sense of the word and accentuated with an antique finish. The collector’s coin is rounded off with an eerily beautiful packaging. The Golden Skull features an equally mesmerising design, albeit in the small, well-known 11 mm, 0.5 g format."

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
Palau / Gold Half Gram (2017) 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
Palau / Gold Half Gram (2017) Skull - reverse photo

The reverse depicts, and is shaped as, a human skull.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: BU (Brilliant Uncirculated).
CIT Item ID: 27776

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

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Gold Half Gram (2017) Skull: Details
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g
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Coin, Palau, Gold Half Gram - Golden Skull
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