Silver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite, Coin from Palau
CoinSilver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite

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 standard bullion sizes, including the internationally popular one troy ounce of silver.

The Mint says about this coin:
After the huge success of the innovative shark bite coin in 2017, the series now continues with the alligator in 2018. A unique coin again in 1oz .999 pure silver. Partly deformed (using smartminting) of the bite mark.

An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Paleocene epoch about 66 million years ago. The name alligator is probably an anglicised form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for the lizard, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto.

MintCIT Coin Invest Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage999
Palau / Silver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite - 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 ***.

Across the surface, "bite marks" indented into the coin, following a line like an alligator jaw. Separated b that, the face value FIVE DOLLARS. Below, the date of issue 2018.

The background is decorated with a scene of swimming alligators.

Obverse Inscription *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** FIVE DOLLARS 2018
Palau / Silver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite - reverse photo

The reverse design shows a swimming alligator as seen from above.

Around below, the inscription ALLIGATOR.

Reverse Inscription ALLIGATOR
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof-like, "bite marks", special shape (bent).
CIT Item ID: 28510
NumisCollect Item ID: PW1801

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Silver Ounce 2018 Alligator Bite: Details
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage999
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass31.100 g
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