Silver Three Ounces 2022 Pillars of Creation, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Silver Three Ounces 2022 Pillars of Creation, Coin from Palau
CoinSilver Three Ounces 2022 Pillars of Creation

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 Pillars of Creation & Black Hole coin is the third release in the Space; the Final Frontier series. On the coin a beautiful nebula called Pillars of Creation, accompanied with a black hole put into relief using the enhanced smartminting technology.

The Universe is far and wide, containing many wondrous phenomena. One of these phenomena are the black holes, often at the centre of galaxies. They’re objects of huge mass, pulling anything in that goes beyond the event horizon for it to never return. It wasn’t until recently that our understanding of these objects was mostly science fiction, but with new discoveries humanity has been getting a step closer towards unlocking the secrets that the black holes hold.

The Pillars of Creation is a set of pillars shaped interstellar gas and dust formations in the Eagle Nebula. The name originates from the fact that the gas and dust, together, form new stars, referring towards the creation part. You could say that the pillars depict the starting stage of the stars as we know them today, for them to eventually end up in the black holes.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage333
Palau / Silver Three Ounces 2022 Pillars of Creation - 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 2022 Pillars of Creation - reverse photo

The reverse depicts the complete Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, and a black hole. Minted in high relief giving it a 3D effect, it is coloured completely with bright colours in a way that it looks like you are looking at the nebula from a space ship.

In the rim below, the date of issue 2022.

Reverse Inscription 2022
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: black proof, coloured, smartminting.
Packaging: in a presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Article ID: PW2204

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Silver Three Ounces 2022 Pillars of Creation: 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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