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Discover some of the greatest structures ever built from antiquity to the middle ages with this series of $5 silver coins. Choose from three different wonders of the world, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Temple of Artemis, or the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, or get all three to complete your collection. Each coin weighs 25 grams (just under one ounce) of sterling silver, and is legal tender in Palau. Mintages of each coin are just 2,500. Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean, in free association with the United States.
Leaning Tower of Pisa (dated 2011); built 1173–1372 (119 years to complete)
This coin features the Leaning Tower of Pisa's many columns and eight stories in intricate, high-relief detail as well as the Pisa Cathedral in the background. In August 1173 when construction began on this free-standing bell tower for a cathedral in the Italian town of Pisa, the architects did not intend for their plan to go quite so... crooked. After the third floor was built, people were surprised to notice that the tower was leaning at a slight angle. The ground on which the foundations were made was too soft on one side of the tower, causing it to slant under the pressure of the structure's weight. The tower was eventually completed 119 years later in 1372. Architects attempted to rectify the tower's tilt (and avoid it falling over completely) by making adjustments to the rest of its eight stories.
Temple of Artemis (dated 2009); final reconstruction around 350 BCE, destroyed in 268 CE
This coin features The Temple of Artemis. While only ruins remain of the great temple today, it was once the preeminent structure in the important ancient city of Ephesus, now in modern day Turkey. The temple's different construction phases stretched across several centuries, starting in the eigth century BCE to around 350 BCE. The last reconstruction of the temple remained one of the great wonders of the ancient world for more than 600 years, until it was destroyed by the Goths during a raid in 268 CE.
Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (dated 2009); built 353–350 BCE, destroyed by earthquakes 1200–1400 CE, then stones re-used to fortify Bodrum Castle in 1494
This coin features the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus as it appeared in antiquity. Considered one of the most beautiful structures ever built, it was constructed between 353 and 350 BCE as a tomb for Mausolus, a satrap (governor) of the Persian Empire. The building was about 45 metres (148 feet) high, and all four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by one of four Greek master sculptors. This impressive structure led to the term mausoleum, originally used to refer to the tomb of Mausolus, and now used as a general word for imposing tombs.
• Mintage: 2,500 each coin
• Weight: just under 25 g sterling silver
• Choice of Three Different Wonders of the World Sterling Silver $5 Coins