It was 30 seasons ago, way back in 1989, that The Simpsons made the transition from small segments on the Tracey Ullman Show, to a full-blown animated series of their own. It was a hit. The misadventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, along with an eclectic cast of supporting characters, were fresh and funny, and in its first decade at least, was superb. Set in the fictional town of Springfield, it made household names of many of the figures in it – especially Homer and Bart.
The series is still going strong and season 31 is due to air later in 2019. Winner of 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award, they even have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Created by Matt Groening, the series has entered popular culture around the world, and while recent seasons have struggled to live up to the earlier quality, it’s still one of the premiere animated series in production today.
The Perth Mint have definitely increased their output of licenced properties over the last few years, and they’ve now added The Simpsons to their repertoire. There are three issues this month, with another one due in March, and the one we’re finding most interesting is the Homer Simpson bullion coin. We love the design. Homer shouting out his trademark exclamation is always going to be popular, and this one is bang on point.
There’s only a one-ounce silver format on offer, but that’s hardly unusual these days. The coin has a competitive premium over spot, but how much that is inflated by the dealer network remains to be seen. The mintage of 25,000 is nice and tight for a coin with a subject as popular as this one, and we’d not be surprised to see prices rise fairly quickly. In a move similar to that employed for the Australian Stock Horse bullion range a few years ago, a thousand coins will be offered by the Perth Mint attached to a custom themed card. The equivalent Stock horse coin issued like this went up in value to an extraordinary degree in very short order. It remains to be seen if that will be the same for the Homer coin, but it may well be one to keep an eye on.