Republic of Palau’s ‘Birth of Venus’ Mosaic Wins ‘Most Innovative’ 2017 dated COTY
The Republic of Palau’s Great Micromosaic Passion – Birth of Venus coin was named the “Most Innovative” at the 2019 Krause Coin of the Year Awards (COTY) in Berlin. The coin, dated 2017, is the first in the groundbreaking “Great Micromosaic Passion” series.
The $20 Palau coin features more than 5,000 minted tiles, which are created using Smartminting technology. The project is the result of a collaboration between Power Coin, CIT Coin Invest AG, and B. H. Mayer Mint.
The project was conceived by Antonello Galletta, Director of Power Coin. Luca Golisano served as the graphic designer for the coin, which can best be described as its own work of art.
The reverse of the color coin reproduces the face of Venus as depicted in the famous painting by Sandro Botticelli, the Birth of Venus. The coin is struck with more than 5.000 tiles in exceptional high relief, to reproduce and empathize the extraordinary beauty of this piece of mosaic art in miniature. On the bottom-right of the reverse, the year of issue written in Roman numbers: “MMXVII” – 2017.
The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Palau, surrounded by a beautiful decorative mosaic pattern. All around the obverse, the inscriptions: “GREAT MICROMOSAIC PASSION” – the name of the series, “GMP” – the abbreviation of the series, “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” – the issuing country and “20$” – the face value. Each coin is individually numbered on the edge.
The mintage of the coin is limited to 500. Comprised of .999 silver, it weighs 93.3 grams and measures 65 mm in diameter. The coin is available via Power Coin’s website and is currently selling for five times its original issue price.