AMETHYST Treasures Of The World Silver Coin 5$ Palau 2013

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The fifth coin to be released in the popular series of antiqued silver coins entitled "Treasures of the World", this eye catching issue is devoted to the Amethyst and includes a real amethyst embedded in the coin itself!

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Specifications
Country Palau
Year 2013
Face Value 5 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight (g) 25
Diameter (mm) 38.61
Quality Antique Finish
Mintage (pcs) 999
Certificate (COA) Yes
Presentation case (box) Yes
 
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Amethyst
Amethyst is a well known mineral and gemstone. It is the purple variety of the mineral Quartz, and its most valuable and prized variety. Its name derives from the Greek "amethystos", which means "not drunken", as Amethyst in antiquity was thought to ward off drunkenness. The color of some Amethyst specimens from certain localities slowly fade upon prolonged exposure to light. When used as a gemstone, Amethyst is often heat treated to deepen the color, or to transform it into Citrine. Some varieties may also change to a light green color, which is given the trade name "Prasiolite", or "Green Amethyst", as it is more commonly known in the gem trade.

Amethyst is most prevalent as small stubby pyramidal crystals, although several localities such as the Mexican occurrences are well-known for producing elegantly tall prismatic crystals, which are very highly regarded by collectors. Amethyst also forms the internal lining of geodes, some of which can be over 10 feet tall and weighing several tons.

 
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The coin’s reverse portrays workers in the Botallack's mine in the United Kingdom, from which the precious stones are extracted from the depths of the Earth. Embedded into the coin here is a real Topaz. The coin has gone through a special minting process to give it an "antiqued" appearance. The coin, which is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Republic of Palau, portrays the Palau Coat of Arms.

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