|Coin||Gold Half Gram (2021) Classic Car|
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 Classic Car is part of the large Golden Highlights series of specially shaped gold mini-coins by CIT Coin Invest.
The Mint says about it:
"Our previous Black Proof issues that featured an Anchor and an Airplane Propeller were immensely successful and both were sold out issues. The third issue features a classic car that will bring you back to the days of highway cruising. A smaller gold coin featuring the same theme is released alongside the larger silver version. By utilising the enhanced smartminting technology we are able to beautifully illustrate the shape of a classic car on a 13.92 mm diameter surface while keeping the weight at 0.5 grams. The perfect piece for all who love the feel of being behind the wheel."
The coin is shaped like a classic car. Like all other gold half grams in the special shapes series, the date of issue is not written on the coin.
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.
The emblem is flanked by three stars on the left and three stars on the right. The name of the country, REPUBLIC OF PALAU, is divided by the emblem.
Below right, the face value $1 (one dollar).
The reverse depicts, and is shaped as, a classic car.
There is no inscription.
Finish: silk-finish proof.
CIT Item ID: 29572
Coins in The Journey (also called Mobility) series include:
- 2 oz Silver, Anchor - Fair Winds, Cook Islands 2019
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Anchor, Palau 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Airplane Propeller - Blue Skies, Cook Islands 2020
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Airplane, Palau 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Classic Car - Open Roads, Cook Islands 2021
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Classic Car, Palau 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Truck - King of the Road, Cook Islands 2022
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Truck, Palau 2022
- 2 oz Silver, Train - Steam Dream, Cook Islands 2023
- 0.5 g Gold Proof, Golden Train, Palau 2023