February 18, 2016 – On behalf of Palau, Coin Invest Trust continues its spectacular Golden Egg series: Just like its predecessor, the coloured reverse design of the second issue is closely modelled on a Fabergé original. The coin is minted from a half gram of gold and, thanks to micro minting, achieves an unprecedented wealth of detail in the obverse design.
Palau / 1 Dollar / Gold .9999 / 0.5 g / 9.7 x 13.92 mm / Mintage: 5000.
The obverse of the egg-shaped coin displays the coat of arms of the issuing state below an outrigger canoe. Above, the inscription REPUBLIC OF PALAU, below, the nominal value.
The convex reverse is based on a miniature Fabergé Easter egg from around 1900.
Golden Egg No. 2 combines innovative minting and long-standing fertility symbolism.
The second edition of the cupped, oval Golden Egg coin is a rendition of a miniature Easter egg from the House of Farbergé around 1900. The original, made by artist Michail Jewlampijewitsch Perchin, is now exhibited at the Liechtenstein National Museum.
The museum holds probably the most comprehensive Easter egg collection in the world, among them the works of artist Carl Peter Fabergé. In his atelier in St. Petersburg he created the famous Fabergé eggs, which are today among the most coveted objects of art, for the Russian imperial family between 1885 and 1917.
The egg, whose shape is adopted by Coin Invest Trust’s creation, evidently has a longstanding tradition. While the egg already played a role as a symbol of fertility at the pagan celebrations of the spring equinox, it became a symbol of resurrection in Christianity. The old Egyptians believed that their god of sun had hatched from an egg, and in Indian mythology the egg is home to the entire cosmos.
The coins were minted by B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH. Collectors can purchase the issues through specialty dealers.
More information about Golden Egg No. 2 is available here.
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For more information about Fabergé Easter eggs, please click here.
Here you can find the internet presence of the Liechtenstein National Museum.
And this is the website of the Baden-Baden Fabergé Museum.