Palau – 2021 – 20 Dollars – Aztec Five Suns
In stock (can be backordered)
|Year of Issue||2021|
|Face Value||20 Dollars|
|Scope of Delivery||Box
|Special features||Smartminting and antique finish|
What do you do if the story you want to tell on a coin is so complicated that it doesn’t fit? Well, we managed to get so much fine details on a coin that normally would require 5 coins. Check out the detailed photos of each of the five suns!
The ‘Aztec Five Suns’ coin is the 1st release in the ‘Ages of Man – Creation of World’ series. The impossible has been made possible using enhanced Smartminting©️ technology with small fine detailed not seen before. The coin has an antique finish and is struck on large 65mm diameter 3 oz pure silver blank in the highest quality. A limited mintage of only 333 pcs worldwide and comes in a beautiful box with Certificate of Authenticity. Don’t miss out on this first issue which is available for sale now. They’ll be gone in no time.
The reverse of this coin is so full of scenery it’s difficult to describe in a short paragraph. Please read the background information below first. In the middle of the reverse, the inner circle, the first gods (moon & sun) from the void are represented in traditional Aztec style. The ring around the circle depicts the four gods for each wind direction with the crocodile teeth below. The remainder of the coin is divided into 5 sections each with scenery of the 5 suns or creations of world. From the edge to the middle there is a huge height difference in such a way all the suns are in the sky. On the edge there is the writing ‘FIRST SUN’ ‘SECOND SUN’ ‘THIRD SUN’ ‘FOURTH SUN’ ‘FIFTH SUN’ with some ornaments. In the design of the fifth sun is written 2021 (the year of issue).
The obverse side of the coin depicts a special Coat of Arms of the Republic of Palau with the inscriptions: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” (the issuing country) and “TWENTY DOLLARS” (the face value) at the bottom. At the top edge the series inscription ‘AGES OF MAN’. It is decorated with a central part representing the creation of the world with hands holding it. The sun and rays complete the obverse.
From the void that was the rest of the universe, the first god, Ometeotl, created itself. Ometeotl was both male and female, good and evil, light and darkness, fire and water, judgment and forgiveness, the god of duality. Ometeotl gave birth to four children, the four Tezcatlipocas, who each preside over one of the four cardinal directions. Over the West presides the White Tezcatlipoca, Quetzalcoatl, the god of light, mercy and wind. Over the South presides the Blue Tezcatlipoca, Huitzilopochtli, the god of war. Over the East presides the Red Tezcatlipoca, Xipe Totec, the god of gold, farming and Spring time. And over the North presides the Black Tezcatlipoca, also called simply Tezcatlipoca, the god of judgment, night, deceit, sorcery and the Earth.
It was four gods who eventually created all the other gods and the world we know today, but before they could create they had to destroy, for every time they attempted to create something, it would fall into the water beneath them and be eaten by Cipactli, the giant earth crocodile, who swam through the water with mouths at every one of her joints. The four Tezcatlipocas descended the first people who were giants. They created the other gods, the most important of whom were the water gods: Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility and Chalchiuhtlicue, the goddess of lakes, rivers and oceans, also the goddess of beauty. To give light, they needed a god to become the sun and the Black Tezcatlipoca was chosen, but either because he had lost a leg or because he was god of the night, he only managed to become half a sun. The world continued on in this way for some time, but a sibling rivalry grew between Quetzalcoatl and his brother the mighty sun, who Quetzalcoatl knocked from the sky with a stone club. With no sun, the world was totally black and in his anger, Tezcatlipoca commanded his jaguars to eat all the people.
The gods created a new group of people to inhabit the Earth, this time they were of normal size. Quetzalcoatl became the new sun and as the years passed, the people of the Earth grew less and less civilized and stopped showing proper honor to the gods. As a result, Tezcatlipoca demonstrated his power and authority as god of sorcery and judgment by turning the animalistic people into monkeys. Quetzalcoatl, who had loved the flawed people as they were, became upset and blew all of the monkeys from the face of the Earth with a mighty hurricane. He then stepped down as the sun to create a new people.
Tlaloc became the next sun, but Tezcatlipoca seduced and stole his wife Xochiquetzal, the goddess of sex, flowers and corn. Tlaloc then refused to do anything other than wallow in his own grief, so a great drought swept the world. The people’s prayers for rain annoyed the grieving sun and he refused to allow it to rain, but the people continued to beg him. Then, in a fit of rage he answered their prayers with a great downpour of fire. It continued to rain fire until the entire Earth had burned away, the gods then had to construct a whole new Earth from the ashes.
The next sun and also Tlaloc’s new wife, was Chalchiuhtlicue. She was very loving towards the people, but Tezcatlipoca was not. Both the people and Chalchiuhtlicue felt his judgment when he told the water goddess that she was not truly loving and only faked kindness out of selfishness to gain the people’s praise. Chalchiuhtlicue was so crushed by these words that she cried blood for the next fifty-two years, causing a horrific flood that drowned everyone on Earth. Humans became fish in order to survive.
Quetzalcoatl would not accept the destruction of his people and went to the underworld where he stole their bones from the god Mictlantecuhtli. He dipped these bones in his own blood to resurrect his people, who reopened their eyes to a sky illuminated by the current sun, Huitzilopochtli. The Tzitzimimeh, or stars, became jealous of their brighter, more important brother Huitzilopochtli. Their leader, Coyolxauhqui, goddess of the moon, lead them in an assault on the sun and every night they come close to victory when they shine throughout the sky, but are beaten back by the mighty Huitzilopochtli who rules the daytime sky. To aid this all-important god in his continuing war, the Aztecs offer him the nourishment of human sacrifices. They also offer human sacrifices to Tezcatlipoca in fear of his judgment, offer their own blood to Quetzalcoatl, who opposes fatal sacrifices, in thanks of his blood sacrifice for them and give offerings to many other gods for many purposes. Should these sacrifices cease, or should mankind fail to please the gods for any other reason, this fifth sun will go black, the world will be shattered by a catastrophic earthquake, and the Tzitzimitl will slay Huitzilopochtli and all of humanity.