With a numismatic market as diverse and quick moving as the one we have today, we made the decision early on to limit our coverage to precious metal coins. In spite of that, we do occasionally cover a base-metal coin or a precious metal round if there’s a good link with our core readership. With the increasing interest in popular culture themed coins, especially Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek and Disney, it was an easy decision to cover Stardust Silver’s Terminator silver round last year. Like Arnie in the movie, they’re back.
Following on from the cool looking Terminator Endoskeleton round from late 2015 and mid-2016, Stardust have returned with a coin featuring a coloured image of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800. Themed around the 2015 movie Terminator: Genisys, this one employs a far greater coverage of colour than the eye highlights of the first entrant in the series. Just the inscription ‘GUARDIAN’ in a polished finished against the main satined background, sits on the reverse face, a nod to the role that Arnie’s character plays in the last to date of the Terminator franchise.
The obverse face is much more like the first coin – a band carrying the movie title, above which a description of the Guardian Terminator. Underneath is a great image of a mass of T-800 skulls symbolising the production line nature of this seminal movie icon. The composition and usual copyright information are also present in the lower half of this face. The coin serial number is engraved into the lower edge and it will match the enclosed certificate of authenticity. A small neat box encompasses everything and that is themed with foil text on the outside and a colour image on the inside, a nice touch.
Mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces and this proof struck round is composed of fine 0.999 silver. It’s available to buy now from JM Bullion. We’ll be interested to see where the franchise goes from here, especially with the recent news that James Cameron, the director of the first two movies, is helping to get Terminator 6 up and running. A recent re-release of T2 in a new and enhanced 3D version is a sure sign the franchise is alive and kicking.