Palau – 2023 – 10 Dollars – Pompeii Volcano Eruption / Fury of Nature series


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Issuing Country Palau
Year of Issue 2023
Face Value 10 Dollars
Metal Silver
Fineness (purity) 999/1000
Weight 2 oz
Diameter 45 mm
Quality Antique finish
Mintage 555 pcs.
Scope of Delivery Box
Special features Smartminting, antique finish and coloured


The ‘Pompeii Volcano Eruption’ coin is the first issue in the ‘Fury of Nature’ series. The reverse depicts the eruption and the surprised inhabitants of Pompeii running from their daily practices. On the obverse one can see the ruins of today. This coin is struck using the enhanced Smartminting©️ technology which results in stunning ultra-high relief on both sides. The coin has an antique finish with color on both sides and is struck on a 2 oz pure silver 45mm blank in the highest quality. It has a limited mintage of only 555 pcs worldwide and comes in a beautiful box with a Certificate of Authenticity. Get this first edition now to not miss out on this series which also fits together with the ‘Lost Civilizations’ series.

Coin description

The reverse shows the city of ancient Pompeii with the erupting Vesuvius volcano in the background. The volcano is partially colored. Part of the temple of Jupiter is already damaged by falling stones. Inhabitants of Pompeii running from their daily life. It represents the surprise that caught them, and, in the end buried them all alive.

The obverse side of the coin depicts the current archeological site of Pompeii with in the background again the Vesuvius. On the left is a well-preserved Roman statue. At the bottom a colorful fresco from one of the Roman villas of Pompeii. The Coat of Arms of Palau is inserted on the top with the inscriptions: “REPUBLIC OF PALAU” (the issuing country) and “10 DOLLARS” (the face value) plus “2023” (the year of issue) at the bottom.

Background information

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near today’s Naples built on a lava plateau from ancient eruptions of the Vesuvius volcano about 8 kilometers away. Long before, in the 8th century BC, settlements were already founded in the area. Phoenicians and Greek used the harbor for trade but during the centuries Pompeii was loyal to Rome. It grew into a large wealthy town with around 11000 inhabitants during the Roman times until 79 AD.

In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted after several earthquakes a decade earlier. It erupted with so much gas, ash and stones that the surrounding villages didn’t have any time to evacuate. Pompeii, but also Herculaneum, got buried under a 4-to-6-meter layer of ash and stones. All the public buildings, lavish private houses, temples and more were preserved very well. Organic remains were surrounded by ash as well but decayed over time forming voids in the lava. Archeologist used these voids as molds to make plaster casts of wooden objects, humans and more.

After many excavations today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction. Even today, excavations are taking place and new discoveries are made.