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Palau strikes skull coins


Palau’s new, startling, skull-shaped $1 and $5 coins. (Image courtesy Coin Invest Trust.)

Two skull-shaped coins have been issued by Palau.

The media release from Lichtenstein defends the design: “The latest creation by Coin Invest Trust for the island nation Palau really is a gift to impress the grandchildren. After all, the skull has become an indispensable requisite in contemporary youth literature. Harry Potter, Lockwood & Co., you name it: Hardly any fantasy novel published in recent years has done without a skull.”

One is an 11 mm, 0.5 g .9999 fine gold BU $1 and the other us a 38.61 mm ounce .999 fine antique silver $5. Mintages are 15,000 and 1,750, respectively.

The reverse of the silver $5 has been produced at B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt using Smartminting© technology. The result is a high-relief evilly grinning skull. You can check out the grin at

Both obverses show the coat of arms of Palau below an outrigger canoe with a canoeist.

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