Movie classic The Wizard of Oz gets a Swarovski adorned silver coin with smart minting and Swarovski.
With the recent resurgence and expansion of choice in movie and television themed numismatics, it comes as no surprise to see this rich vein of subjects mined deeper with properties picked from further back in time. Classics don’t come much bigger and well known than the movie version of L. Frank Baum’s hugely admired childrens book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Hitting the red carpet in 1939, the Victor Fleming directed musical comedy-drama has, after a lukewarm first decade, gone on to be one of the most highly regarded movies in cinema history. The star, Judy Garland, wore a pair of ruby red slippers which are now considered to be amongst the most valuable pieces of movie memorabilia of all time. Ironically, the slippers were silver in the book, but MGM wanted to showcase the new Technicolor process and they were changed to red.
Because of the unbreakable association of shoe and movie, the coin designers have chosen to use them to use them as the most prominent element of the coin face, along with the super-iconic yellow brick road. The reverse face is almost fully coloured and the red shoes have had thirteen small, red Swarovski crystals embedded within to make them stand out compared to the other design elements. The movie title and the famous phrase ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ are present on this face.
Issued for the Cook Islands, the obverse carries the obligatory effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Because of the use of Coin Invest Trust’s ground-breaking SmartMinting technology, this one-ounce fine silver coin manages to reach out to a very impressive 50mm in diameter. The certifcate is made of two grams of fine silver and is an S&A speciality, used before in coins like the Marvel Avengers set and the recent Doctor Strange and Captain America domed issues. In this case it’s coloured on one side and etched on the other. These are a very nice and classy addition to the coins and a great way to cut down on counterfeiting. Packaging is heavily themed and expansive, very similar to the recent Fantastic Beasts coin from the same source. Prices are on the high side for the format, in the $160-180 USD range, but it’s a desirable package for the movie memorabilia fan to whom this release is clearly aimed. Available now.