After Captain America, Marvel’s Doctor Strange gets a domed silver coin of its own.
Superhero films continue unabated and it’s no surprise that the numismatic worlds celebration of the new ‘in’ movie genre has also kept pace. With everything from DC favourites like Batman and Superman, to Marvel giants like the Avengers, Spiderman and Captain America, coin collectors, or at least movie fans, clearly like these issues.
Doctor Strange has always been a less than mainstream character in the Marvel Comic World, not being a traditional superhero, but one based in the mystical and magical world. There’s been some speculation for years now over the production of a live action movie (there was an animated one a few years ago), but with the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU as its now known) blitzing its way through numerous box-office records, it was only a matter of time before a good director, a big-name cast, and a hefty budget were combined to make it happen.
Like the superb Captain America coin, this one also goes with a domed strike. Issued for Tuvalu instead of Fiji, the obverse carries the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, something removed from Fijiian issues a couple of years ago due to a change of government. Design-work then, remains on the reverse, convex face. Instead of going with movie scenes or character effigies, neither of which would probably sit well on a domed strike, they’ve chosen to take an iconic element of the movie and depict that. For Captain American it was his shield and it literally doesn’t get more iconic than that. It’s a little harder to do so with Doctor Strange as the character doesn’t quite have that level of association with an appropriate object, but the Seal of Vishanti certainly does the trick.
The seal is designed into the window that protects Doctor Strange’s base, the Sanctum Sanctorum, so watchers of the movie will recognise the coin face. Cleanly struck but with some gilded elements, the design is fresh and well suited to the coin, with the 50mm diameter a welcome bonus. Packaging looks first-class. A bamboo box inside a coloured shipper is a fine presentation, and the Certificate of Authenticity, itself made of two grams of fine silver, rounds out an expertly themed package. The coin should be available to ship very shortly, with pre-orders available from lots of dealers like Coin Shoppe, lpm, The Coin Vault and MCM.