Silver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Silver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way, Coin from Palau
CoinSilver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way

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 Milky Way coin is the second release in the Space; the Final Frontier series.

The Milky Way is one of the many galaxies in the universe. It is the one with our solar system with our planet earth. It is a so called barred spiral galaxy with a diameter of up to 200,000 light-years. Our solar system is approximately 27,000 light-years from the centre. One light-year is 9.46 trillion kilometres.

The Milky Way can be seen as a hazy band of light in the night sky. This is also from which the name is derived: Via Lactea in Latin or Galaktikos Kyklos in Greek which means "milky circle". With the naked eye one cannot see the individual starts but in 1610 Galileo Galilei did. For 300 years it was believed the Milky Way was the whole universe but in the 20th century it was Edwin Hubble who showed it is just one of many.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage333
Palau / Silver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way - 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 that, the name of the country: REPUBLIC OF PALAU.

The emblem is small and is in the lower part of the obverse. The central part represents movement at the speed of light, and is surrounded by space related ornaments.

In the rim above, the name of the series: SPACE · THE FINAL FRONTIER. In the rim around below, the face value TWENTY DOLLARS.

Palau / Silver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way - reverse photo

The reverse is coloured and depicts the complete Milky Way with its centre and arms, as seen from above; it is minted in relief with the sinus shaped arms in high relief, giving it a 3D effect.

In the rim below, the date of issue 2021.

Reverse Inscription 2021
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: black proof, coloured, smartminting.
Packaging: in a presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: PW2104

See also

Coins in the Space; the Final Frontier series include:
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, The Universe, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, The Milky Way, 2021

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Silver Three Ounces 2021 The Milky Way: Details
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Three Ounces (3 oz)
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value20 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage333
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass93.300 g
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