Palau honours German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt with gold coin: not to be outdone on the numismatic front, the Pacific island nation of Palau, in Micronesia, released its own Leichhardt commemorative coin later in 2013.
The front of the coin features the coat of arms of the Nation of Palau against a polished background, as well as the official name of the issuing country, Republic of Palau, and the nominal value: one dollar. The left half of the reverse of the coin depicts the matted profile of the famed explorer and, next to it, his birth year and presumed year of death, 1813 and 1848, respectively.
His name - Ludwig Leichhardt - is minted on the lower right side. Above the portrait and along the right edge of the back of the coin, the coastline of northeastern Australia is indicated, as is the route followed by Leichhardt on his great 1844-45 expedition. The year of issue, 2013, is shown at the upper edge of the field.
Palau is well-known for its regular special releases, and utilises the services of various mints in the USA to produce its coins. 15,000 of the Leichhardt coins have been minted, each with a diameter of 11mm and weighing 0.5g of 0.9999 pure gold.