|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2018 Tutankhamun's Mask|
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 large three troy ounces (3oz) of silver format.
The Mint says about this coin:
One of the highlights of the World Money Fair 2018 in Berlin was the 3D Shaped Tutankhamun Mask.
Tutankhamun’s mask, or the funerary mask of Tutankhamun, is the death mask of the 18th dynasty ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun (reigned 1332-1323 BC). It was discovered by Howard Carter in 1925 in tomb KV62 and is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The mask is one of the most well known works of art in the world.
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 20$ (twenty dollars). Further down, the date of issue 2018.
The reverse is shaped to represent, in three dimensions, the death mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
There is no inscription.
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, smartminting, special shape, gold plated.
Packaging: in a presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: PW1802
CIT Item ID: 28441