Palau issues alligator bite coin

11 September 2018

Alligator bite makes unusual coin  

Palau has recently released a 38.61mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver $5 proof showing the imprint of an Alligator’s bite.

The reverse of the coin presents the reptile almost fully immersed in water. Just the high parts of the animal’s back and upper head can be seen, fully struck-up in ultra-high relief by Smartminting®.

On the obverse, all the animal’s teeth seem to have penetrated the coin so as to protrude from the coin’s surface with the coin deformed along the length of the bite. As an added bonus, the teeth go in and out. The arms of Palau are in the process of being swallowed.

The coin is the work of NumisCollect (www.numiscollect.eu/), from whom it can be obtained if your friendly neighbourhood dealer is unable to supply – and you get in quick.

It should become available this month (September), but mintage is just 999.

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.

Obverse and reverse views of Palau’s Alligator bite silver $5 proof. (Images courtesy NumisCollect)

Obverse and reverse views of Palau’s Alligator bite silver $5 proof. (Images courtesy NumisCollect)