Silver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage, Coin from Palau - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage, Coin from Palau
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage

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 two troy ounces (2oz) of silver format.

The Mint says about this coin:
The Phoenicia and Carthage coin is the second issue in the Lost Civilisations series. Even more detailed than the previous issue, this civilisation comes back to life using the enhanced smartminting technology on both sides. The coin has an antique finish and is struck on a 2 oz pure silver 45mm blank in the highest quality. It has a limited mintage of only 555 pcs worldwide and comes in a beautiful box with Certificate of Authenticity. This second edition will sure is a great item for history lovers.

Phoenicia used to be a mighty civilisation mostly located in current day Lebanon. It was prominent during the era of classical antiquity, established in roughly 2500 BC. Some of the more notable cities were Tyre, Byblos, and Sidon. The Phoenicians were also renowned for their trade and trade routes around the Mediterranean, creating many colonial settlements like Carthage.

During the Phoenician reign, their prowess for trade was also visible in their mastery in the arts of ancient maritime shipbuilding and navigation. Their boats wore sails dyed in the colour, Tyrian purple. Tyrian purple, which is also known as Phoenician purple or imperial purple, was a very difficult pigment to acquire. Produced by extracting mucous secretion from sea snails. This made Tyrian purple the signature colour of the ancient Phoenician civilisation. In the current day Tyrian purple is often associated with royalty and is one of the rarest dyes to come by.

MintNumisCollect Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage555
Obverse
Palau / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage - 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 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 ***.

The emblem and inscription are small and are in the upper right part of the obverse.

The rest of the design depicts two Phoenician ships, with Carthage harbour in the background. The face value 10$ is inscribed on the harbour building, and the date of issue 2022 is on the waves below.

Obverse Inscription *** REPUBLIC OF PALAU *** 10$ 2022
Reverse
Palau / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin is coloured and depicts the main street of Tyre, Phoenicia, with its iconic arch which is still standing today. Traders buying cloths and Phoenician’s producing the expensive Tyrian purple are also shown, visualising the daily life back in the day.

There is no inscription.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique, coloured, smartminting.
Packaging: in a capsule and presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
NumisCollect Item ID: PW2202

See also

Coins in the Lost Civilisations series include:
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Babylon, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Babylon, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Phoenicia and Carthage, 2022

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Silver Two Ounces 2022 Lost Civilisations - Phoenicia and Carthage: Details
CountryPalau
CurrencyPalau Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2022
SymbolEmblem of Palau
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage555
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size45.000 mm
Mass62.200 g
OCC IDPMVR-OAPC-DRDY-ENQG
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