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The new series of Transformers movies kicked off in 2007 and was followed in 2009 with Revenge of the Fallen, in 2011 with Dark of the Moon and now in 2014 with Age of Extinction. Currently the fourth highest grossing film series (averaged per film) behind Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, the films have stunning visual effects combined with plots written by a three year old in crayon on a ketchup-stained napkin. Despite their flaws, they’re decent enough mindless fare for the summer and no doubt movie number four will crank up some huge numbers as each of the first three movies have.

The New Zealand Mint released a set of Transformers coins based on the original cult cartoon series movie (1986), back in late 2012 which appears to have been a mild success. Now the Perth Mint are back with a silver set of three, one-ounce rectangular coins in some transformable packaging. The standout feature is the lenticular imaging on the reverse sides, similar to that employed earlier this year on the same mints Charlie Chaplin commemorative coin, also rectangular.

THE LENTICULAR EFFECT

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Lenticular printing is a multi-step process consisting of creating a lenticular image from at least two images, and combining it with a lenticular lens. This process can be used to create various frames of animation (for a motion effect), offsetting the various layers at different increments (for a 3D effect), or simply to show a set of alternate images which may appear to transform into each other. Once the various images are collected, they are flattened into individual, different frame files, and then digitally combined into a single final file in a process called interlacing.

The effect on the Transformers coins seems a little less fluid and subtle than on the Charlie Chaplin coin, but we’ve yet to see a coin in the hand and so can’t directly compare until then.

There are three coins in the set based on key characters in the film and all sell for around $105.00 each, or at a special price for all three, $287.00. Designed by Jennifer McKenna, they’re a fine tribute to a movie that may or may not be worthy of them. Here’s the trailer anyway;

OPTIMUS PRIME

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“Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots, a brave and compassionate commander determined to improve the universe. In TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION this fearless leader is depicted as a Western Star truck on transformation. Optimus Prime finds himself constantly in battle with the Decepticons in his quest to protect the inhabitants of Earth, and the universe at large”

BUMBLEBEE

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“Bumblebee was the second character to ever appear on-screen in the original TRANSFORMERS animated series when it debuted in 1984. Back then, Bumblebee transformed into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Thirty years on, fan favourite Bumblebee is back for the fourth instalment of the popular TRANSFORMERS movie franchise, where he is depicted as a yellow Chevrolet Camaro on transformation.”

LOCKDOWN

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“Lockdown is a rogue Decepticon, now a ruthless bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to bring his bounty in. Driven by the thrill of the chase, he lives by the motto “Run all you want. It’ll make the chase more fun”. Back with a vengeance in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Lockdown is depicted as a super sports car on transformation”

PACKAGING

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Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, each TRANSFORMERS lenticular coin is housed in an innovative cube-shaped presentation case which, with the press of a button, flips the lid open revealing the coin surrounded by light. This presentation box comes in a spectacularly illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. We’ll try to get a video of the box working to give you a better idea. They sound innovative enough and continue the Perth Mints voyages into the kind of off-beat packaging usually the reserve of the New Zealand Mint.

SPECIFICATION

FACE VALUE METAL WEIGHT DIAMETER QUALITY MINTAGE
1 DOLLAR 0.999 Ag 31.135g 47.60 x 27.60mm PROOF 5,000

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