Not strictly an AgAuNEWS item, being a bimetallic coin, we do make the odd exception for something interesting, and this is certainly that. We’re pretty sure that most are familiar with using a coin in a game, as a token for example, but we’re pretty sure that using a coin as the games board is a little more unusual. As expected, it falls to noted coin innovator, Coin Invest Trust, of the small European state of Liechtenstein, to be the ones pushing boundaries again.

The first thing to consider is that unless you’re playing with a microscope attached to your head, the games board, hence coin, is going to have to be a little larger than the average pocket. That isn’t a problem here, as at 180mm (7″) diameter and 680g (22oz) in weight, it wouldn’t even fit in MC Hammers trousers. There clearly isn’t going to be a gold version of this one.

Finished antique-style, the design is actually excellent and we especially love the huge Palau emblem on the back, a popular obverse that’s never looked better. As for the reverse-side game board, it’s a very atmospheric piece in light of the fact that function will dictate much of the design. The coin succeeds on an aesthetic front in our view. We’re sure the game will appeal to many (we’re a blowing the heads of zombies in L4D2 sort here) and it has immense novelty value as well. No mintage limits seem to have been set, and we’ve yet to see a price from a dealer, but should be out soon.

UPDATE: Price seems to be around the €60 mark and the coin ships at the end of March.

MINTS DESCRIPTION

A coin as a game board? Why not explore numismatics in a playful way! Roll the dice now and find the «cruel» captain’s treasure. Two players of all ages can now both try their luck on the 25’000 mm2 coin.

The determined treasure hunter starts in a pirate ship and rolls the dice in order to reach the «cruel» captain’s treasure on the bottom of the ocean as quickly as possible. In doing so, it is necessary to overcome obstacles and above all, have fun!

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $5 PALAU
COMPOSITION COPPER-ZINC ALLOY
WEIGHT 680 g
SIZE 180.0 mm
FINISH ANTIQUE
MINTAGE UNDETERMINED
ACCESSORIES TWO MEEPLES, TWO VELVET BAGS, DICE, INSTRUCTIONS

CIT VIDEO: START AT 2:35secs FOR THE GAME COIN

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