1988 1 oz Palladium 100 Pesos Kingdom of Araucanía-Patagonia

1988 1 oz Palladium 100 Pesos Kingdom of Araucanía-Patagonia

This coin was authorized by Prince Philippe to commemorate 128 years of sovereignty, however, the Kingdom of Araucanía-Patagonia was actually never recognized as an actual state.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Palladium.
  • Individual coins are presented with the original box and certificate.
  • Estimated mintage of only 10 coins.
  • Obverse: Depicts Prince Philippe Paul.
  • Reverse: Displays denomination "100 Peso" in the center along with the date "1988" below.
  • Not a legal tender coin.

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Cataloged in the Unusual World Coins book as X #21.

Palladium is one of the rarest metals on earth, about 15 times rarer than Platinum and 30 times rarer than Gold

The Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia, sometimes referred to as New France was a proposed state and kingdom conceived in the 19th century by a French lawyer and adventurer named Orélie-Antoine de Tounens. Orélie-Antoine de Tounens claimed the regions of Araucanía and eastern Patagonia. It was an unrecognized state that enjoyed only marginal sovereignty in a brief period of time, through alliances with some Mapuche lonkos, in a reduced area of Araucanía, in current Chile.

At the time the local indigenous Mapuche population of Araucanía and Patagonia were engaged in a desperate armed struggle to retain their independence in the face of hostile military and economic encroachment by the governments of Chile and Argentina, who coveted the Mapuche lands for economical and political reasons. The successors of Orélie-Antoine all lived in France.

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