|Coin||Silver Ounce 2020 Gilded Fortune|
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.
This coin is part of the Silver Charms collection featuring specially shaped coins, and has the shape of a four-leaf clover.
The Mint says about it:
What is a better symbol for luck than a four leaf clover? A golden four leaf clover of course! Four leaf clovers were first mentioned as good luck charms 400 years ago in 1620 by Sir John Melton. Due to popular demand, CIT is taking its immensely popular four leaf clover shaped coin and gilding it in rich gold. Struck from 1 oz of silver featuring a silk finish of gold, it will be sure to be one of the most eye catching pieces of your collection.
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 $5 (five dollars).
At the base of the stem, the date of issue 2020.
The design represents, in ultra high relief, a four leaf clover decorated with floral motifs.
There is no inscription.
Finish: silk-finish proof, gold plated, special shape, smartminting (Ultra High Relief).
CIT Item ID: 29194