Keeping the eyes the same was a great move, in our opinion, as it makes it clearer that this is a single individual, and not a mash-up of two different views. The transition line is nicely blurred, reflecting the furry nature of the subject perhaps, and far superior to a laser-straight line running down the middle. They could have taken it even further, as there appears to be a strong light source to the right, by having the shadow side follow the contours of the face a bit more, but we feel that might have looked a little odd, especially as the transition line sits on the facial apex. Parthava likely made the best choice, we think.
The obverse is fully obsidian black, and has a stylised sun filling most of it, in which there are phases of the moon, and the issue details for Palau. It’s all neat enough, although the clear focus here is obviously that stunning reverse. The coin has a mintage of 777 pieces, and will come boxed with a Certificate of Authenticity. A beautiful debut for the series, it will be cool to see what else they come up with for future issues. Maybe a Jumping Spider (eight eyes!), or a Saltwater Crocodile, or even something prehistoric. Who knows, but feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.
The coin is available from right now, it literally just went live, and is available exclusively from Parthava Coin, and from Rome-based Powercoin.