CIT surprise with striking Smartminted Harry Potter movie prequel inspired silver coin

Take what could be one of the biggest movie blockbusters of the year and the most impressive minting technique in the marketplace and you’re likely to get something that looks as good as Coin Invest Trust’s latest proof silver coin. There are plenty of examples of SmartMinting around at the moment, from Thors Hammer, through Skull No.1, and on to Eternal Sculptures, so we’ve already covered the technique.

This new coin is based on what could turn out to be another huge series of blockbuster movies based on the works of British author, J.K. Rowling called Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. Set prior to the Potter movies, the latest series will be based around the exploits of Newt Scamander, the first set of which is based in the United States of America. Made with a $180,000,000 USD budget, the David Yates directed movie has already picked up some sparkling reviews and the general public will get to see it from tomorrow (in the UK at least).

One of the key elements of the Harry Potter movies was the governing body that kept magic in check. In the US, this task is undertaken by the Magical Council of the United States of America (MACUSA), and it’s the logo/seal of this organisation that forms the basis for the coins design. As with most licensed properties, the copyright owner is very strict over what is and isn’t allowed, so CIT will no doubt have had little opportunity to tweak the design so it looks good on the reverse face. Usually we’d be concerned by that, but the logo is a great one, very USA, and CIT have used smartminting to knock it out of the park.

Issued for the Cook Islands, the one-ounce proof finish coin will come in a cool box with a clear window on top and some lavish finishing. The Certificate of Authenticity is serialised and printed directly on the box. As with pretty much all 0f these CIT coins, they’re struck by the masters at german mint, BH Mayer. Only 5,000 of the coins will be struck and they will ship from the 5th December with a price set at $149.95. I know we keep saying this lately, but CIT are on a roll with a flood of beautifully struck, high-quality numismatics, and in our view, this is another to add to the list. Available to pre-order now.

 

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The Magical Congress of the United States of America, known to American witches and wizards by the abbreviation MACUSA (commonly pronounced as: Mah-cooz-ah) was first created in 1693 and is the magical body in charge of governing the wizarding population of the USA. MACUSA was modeled on the Wizards’ Council of Great Britain, which predated the Ministry of Magic.

Representatives from magical communities all over North America were elected to MACUSA to create laws that both policed and protected American wizardkind. As with most other magical governing bodies, the Department of Magical Law Enforcement is the largest department in MACUSA. Unlike most Western countries, there is no cooperation between the No-Maj government and MACUSA.

SPECIFICATION

NAME 2017 MAGICAL CONGRESS
DENOMINATION $5 Cook Islands
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 38.61 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS SmartMinting
MINTAGE 5,000
BOX / COA Yes / Yes

 

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