|Coin||Silver Three Ounces 2020 Anubis|
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:
The Anubis coin is the third issue in the Egyptian Art 3D series. The coin is made in unique Obsidian Black colour and is partly gold-plated, struck on a 3 oz pure .999 silver 65mm blank in the highest quality.
Anubis is a god in Egyptian mythology and is often depicted as a man with a jackal’s head, as a jackal, or crowned with a wax sceptre. Anubis was the protector of the dead and he made sure that they did not destroy them. Before Osiris became important, Anubis was the most important god of all. The god is often depicted in the Hall of Truth, where the soul of the deceased was weighed. He was often portrayed alongside Osiris and Thoth.
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).
Above, the inscription ANUBIS (the name of the God), the date of issue 2020, and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Various designs as listed individually below.
The coin’s reverse depicts the appearance of Anubis in three-dimensional high relief. His head is black, representing his position as a god and protector of the dead. His headdress is gold plated.
There is no inscription.
Finish: silk finish black proof, smartminting, special shape, selective gold plating.
Packaging: in a presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: PW2003
CIT Item ID: 29071