Palau. 5 Dollars 2022. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2022. Special Technology: smartminting® (Ultra High Relief) combined with partial color application. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.
Description of the Coin
The other side features the same scene seen from the bottom of the river; the inscription is mirror-inverted; the coat of arms of Palau with the legend REPUBLIC OF PALAU 5 $ is designed as a depiction of two mermaids playing in the water; on the underside of the boar the year 2022.
There are coins that tell a story. Great White Shark, a visual highlight of CIT’s Summer Launch 2021 was one of them. Great White Shark featured said animal under a surfboard, evoking memories of the Jaws movie. CIT is following up on the huge success of this commemorative coin with American Alligator. American Alligator tells another story, a story in which a feared predator of the Mississippi River plays a key role.
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) can grow up to six meters in length and weigh up to 450 kg. The species lives in the freshwater rivers of the South, which are surrounded by swamps. It is at the top of the food chain there, feeding on fish, birds, mammals, and amphibians.
Humans, on the other hand, are rarely among their victims. Only 243 attacks by American alligators have been recorded by the CrocBITE database since 1969. Thirty-seven of them ended fatally for human beings. It is much more frequently the case that alligators fall victim to human hunters. In the past, crocodile leather was a fashionable “must-have”. However, ever since alligators and crocodiles received special protection in many countries, the populations have largely recovered.
So it is up to the eye of the beholder to decide which story to associate with the commemorative coin American Alligator. The possibilities are manifold. One thing, however, is very clear: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt in Munich applied the utmost artistry to mint the coin designed by CIT. After all, it is extremely difficult to color the ultra-high relief created by smartminting technology ever so delicately.
Thus, with American Alligator, CIT presents another example of the most sophisticated minting technology.
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