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HARRY HOUDINI Magic Coin Box Silver Coin 2$ Palau 2011


Magic proof coin celebrates the Harry Houdini, the most famous magicians who ever lived! Houdini was renowned for his escapes from bonds of every kind. This coin is issued by Palau in Silver 925.

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Harry Houdini was born in Hungary on March 24, 1874 as Eric Weisz. Together with his family he immigrated to the USA at the age of four. Magic fascinated him even when he was a child. In his youth he read a book about the life of the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. This work impressed him so much that he decided to earn his living with magic. From then on, in honour of his idol, he called himself Harry Houdini.
Until he achieved his first successes, he had to appear in travelling circuses and smaller shows for several years. Houdini succeeded his breakthrough when he performed escapology tricks such as the release from police handcuffs. He enhanced his performances with spectacular performances such as winding out of strait jackets and chains as well as the escape out of closed underwater cages. At the age of nearly 40 the magician was one of the best-known artists in the USA.
In the final years of his life he predicted that he is able to withstand every punch in his stomach unscathed by tensioning his muscles. On October 22, 1926 a student gave him a number of punches in his midsection. Apparently Houdini had not enough time to prepare himself for the blows. The escapologist already suffered on strong abdominal pains for days before which thereby became worse. On October 31,1926 Harry Houdini died as a result of a burst appendix.

  • CountryPalau
  • Year2011
  • Face Value2 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)7.5
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityBU - Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Mintage (pcs)1.926
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The obverse depicts a portrait of the famous magician, on the right his hat and the magic wand with the legend "HARRY HOUDINI". The coin is accompained by a special, magic box. The reverse shows the Palau State Coat of Arms.