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This beautiful Silver coin is the first issue in the new exciting “Solar System” series and features Saturn, one of the most fascinating planet of our solar system, with its unique and astonishing rings. The coin has a Proof quality and comes in an elegant case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 3.000 pieces worldwide.
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Availability date: 05/16/2017
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second-largest in the Solar System, after Jupiter. It is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth. Although it has only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume Saturn is just over 95 times more massive. Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture. Saturn's interior is probably composed of a core of iron–nickel and rock (silicon and oxygen compounds). This core is surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium, and finally outside the Frenkel line a gaseous outer layer. Saturn has a pale yellow hue due to ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere. Electrical current within the metallic hydrogen layer is thought to give rise to Saturn's planetary magnetic field, which is weaker than Earth's, but has a magnetic moment 580 times that of Earth due to Saturn's larger size. Saturn's magnetic field strength is around one-twentieth of Jupiter's. The outer atmosphere is generally bland and lacking in contrast, although long-lived features can appear. Wind speeds on Saturn can reach 1.800 km/h (500 m/s), higher than on Jupiter, but not as high as those on Neptune. Saturn has a prominent ring system that consists of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs and that is composed mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. Sixty-two moons are known to orbit Saturn, of which fifty-three are officially named. This does not include the hundreds of moonlets comprising the rings. Titan, Saturn's largest moon, and the second-largest in the Solar System, is larger than the planet Mercury, although less massive, and is the only moon in the Solar System to have a substantial atmosphere.
The reverse of the coin features Saturn and its beautiful rings divided by the niobium core insert. On the top of the coin’s reverse, the inscription: “SATURN” – the name of the coin. On the bottom of the reverse, the inscription: “SOLAR SYSTEM” – the name of the series. The obverse of the coin features an illustration of the universe and of the planets in orbit and the Palau Coat of Arms. On the top of the coin’s obverse, the inscriptions: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” - the issue country and “2017” – the year of issue. On the bottom of the obverse, the inscription: “2 DOLLARS” - the face value.