World Collector Coins – Sea Turtle, Sand Dollar Coins from Palau

CIT silver coins: Turtle and Sand Dollar designs for 2017

Sea Turtle

Palau. 10 Dollars 2017. Silver .999. 45 g. 45 mm. Antique-Finish. Mintage: 999 pcs.

1 Dollar. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. BU. Mintage: 15,000 pcs.

Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.


The obverse shows the official coat of arms of the Republic of Palau below an outrigger canoe with canoeist. Also, the coin’s name and nominal value, complemented by the year of issue, material, weight, and fine content in the silver edition.

The reverse, shaped like a sea turtle, is realized three-dimensionally in high relief in the silver edition.


With its creation of the Skull No 1 coin in 2016, Coin Invest Trust caused a worldwide sensation. Thanks to smartminting© technology, they had succeeded in turning a coin of the island state Palau into a three-dimensional object in the shape of a skull.

After the Silver Lucky Panda, the Sea Turtle is the third collector’s item made in this fashion.

The diameter of the gold edition, which is even richer in detail than its predecessor, could be increased to 13.92 mm thanks to Big Gold Minting©. The silver edition, 45 mm big and 45 g heavy, is bound to fascinate young coin fans especially.

The convex carapace of the sea turtle makes it ideal for such a three-dimensional numismatic rendition. It is native to the tropics and subtropics, and its six species are subordinate to the family of the Chelonioidea. All species possess paddle-like limbs and a streamlined body.

The sea turtle belongs to the class of the reptiles and must have developed from the tortoise some 200 million years ago. That the animals still have to break the surface for air points to their evolutionary roots. The females also leave their natural habitat after mating, when they lay their eggs in the sand at night. Since the hatchlings are exposed to many predators on their way to the water and the adult animals are hunted by men, sea turtles are threatened with extinction.


For Palau, Coin Invest Trust has designed a coin shaped like a sea turtle. Thanks to smartminting© technology the rich detail of the three-dimensional silver edition appears particularly delicate. The diameter of the gold edition measures 13.92 mm thanks to Big Gold Minting©.

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Sand Dollar

Palau. 1 Dollar 2017. Silver .999. 1 oz. 50 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2017 pcs.

1 Dollar 2017. Gold .9999. 1 g. 13.92 mm. BU. Mintage: 2017 pcs.

Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich.


The obverse features the name of the issuing nation Palau, the year of issue, nominal value, and the inscription SAND DOLLAR. The gold edition features an outrigger canoe with canoeist, the coat of arms of Palau, and the nominal value. The silver edition features a mermaid in a maritime environment.

The reverse is modeled on the skeleton of a sea urchin. The coin in the gold edition is convex.


Sand dollars are among the most popular tourist souvenirs. Tourists go looking for the sun-bleached skeletons of the sea urchin from the suborder Clypeasteroida on the beaches of every ocean. The sand dollar owes its nickname to its resemblance with the old Spanish and American dollar coins. In Spanish the sand dollar is also known as “galleta de mar”, biscuit of the sea.

Sand dollars have become the symbol of an alternative economic system, used by the International Society for Ecological Economics. Yet other takes on the sand dollars postulate that they were used as coins by mermaids once upon a time or that they belonged to the people of the sunken city of Atlantis.

So the sand dollar takes on a central role in the Percy Jackson book series by American author Rick Riordan. Inspired by Greek mythology, fantasy character Percy Jackson is given a sand dollar for his 15th birthday from his father Poseidon. Fighting the armies of Kronos, the hero uses it to purify the water of two rivers during the Battle of Manhattan.

For Palau, Coin Invest Trust has created this numismatic memorial of the highly symbolic sand dollar. A novel maritime motif with a mermaid adorns the national side of the silver edition, minted with smartminting© technology. Thanks to Big Gold Minting©, the gold edition has an impressive 13.92 mm diameter and a true-to-life, convex shape.


Coin Invest Trust has designed a numismatic rendition of the popular sand dollar for Palau. Minted with smartminting© technology, the silver edition features a novel maritime motif with a mermaid on the national side. Thanks to Big Gold Minting©, the gold edition is as large as 13.92 mm and its true-to-life shape convex.

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