Gold Half Gram (2022) Ace of Spades, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Gold Half Gram (2022) Ace of Spades, Coin from Palau
CoinGold Half Gram (2022) Ace of Spades

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 Ace of Spades coin is part of the large Golden Highlights series of specially shaped gold mini-coins by CIT Coin Invest.

The Mint says about it:
In numerous cultures, the ace of spades associates with imminent death, misfortune, disaster, hatred and war. People began commonly referring to the Ace of Spades as the Death Card after the Vietnam War. Before this abhorrent conflict, the French occupied the Indo-China region and brought with them the custom of fortune telling. In this tradition, an Ace of Spades indicates bad luck or death in one’s future. As a result, US troops in the Vietnam War realised that superstitious Vietnamese would retreat in horror at the mere sight of the card. Thus, they used the Ace of Spades to instil fear among their enemies.

On a lighter note, pioneering hard rock group Motörhead picks up on the gamblers’ superstition about this card in their famous song The Ace of Spades."

The coin is shaped like a playing carde. 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 (2022) Ace of Spades - 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 (2022) Ace of Spades - reverse photo

The reverse depicts the Ace of Spade card, and is shaped as a playing card.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription A♠
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: silk-finish proof.
CIT Item ID: 30084

All (20) coins of type: Gold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Gold Half Gram (2016) Clover 25,000 Emblem of Palau REPUBLIC OF PALAU 1 DOLLAR
Gold Half Gram (2017) Skull 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2017) Pirate Skull 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2018) Catrina Skull 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2019) Anchor 15,000 Emblem of Palau REPUBLIC OF PALAU $1
Gold Half Gram (2019) Biker Skull 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2020) Airplane 15,000 Emblem of Palau REPUBLIC OF PALAU $1
Gold Half Gram (2021) Classic Car 15,000 Emblem of Palau REPUBLIC OF PALAU $1
Gold Half Gram (2021) Guitar 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2021) Game Controller 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2021) Sailboat 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2021) Football 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Truck 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Clover 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) American Football 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Basketball 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Gingerbread Man 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Santa Claus 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Biker 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
Gold Half Gram (2022) Ace of Spades 15,000 Emblem of Palau *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** $1
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Gold Half Gram (2022) Ace of Spades: Details
CountryPalau
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2022
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRectangle
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size13.920 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-WKGN-OPQM
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