It’s only a short while ago that the first Marvel Comics themed silver bullion coin debuted into a market flourishing with choice, but we’re already seeing a second coin, so they’re clearly sticking around as an ongoing series. While the first coin featured Spiderman, timed just right for the release of the hit movie Spiderman: Homecoming, it’s surely no coincidence that the choice of Thor to headline the second coin comes right with the release of a new blockbuster movie, Thor: Ragnarok.
No surprises on the format as the coin sticks to the tried and tested Perth Mint formula of a 40.60 mm diameter, 0.9999 fineness design that’s issued for Tuvalu. As a result the obverse side carries the usual line-up of inscriptions surrounding the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse face is thankfully free of superfluous inscriptions, although the usual annoying, but sadly required copyright message is here again, something that blights on all licenced coins so to be expected.
The main artwork is a very cool rendition of the comic book Thor, not the Chris Hemsworth portrayal for the Marvel Comics Universe movie franchise, but the classic original look. Picturing Thor in action while holding his hammer, Mjolnir, the mix of smooth and textured finishes works very well and the whole thing has a very dynamic look to it. We can’t see too many fans being put off by the excellent choice of artwork.
Selling individually, in rolls of 20, or boxes of 100 or 300, you should have no trouble picking up the quantity you need from the 50,000 mintage. Due to ship at the end of this month, we’ve only seen them at LPM HK at the moment, although Spiderman was available more widely. LPM are quite competitive however, and with the coin selling in the $25 range, the price mixes up pretty well with the other popular one-ounce silver bullion coins out there, especially in light of the licence fees associated with the character. One to watch.