The Perth Mint is going big on icons this month and along with Leonard Nimoys Spock, comes an absolute legend in any context, Bruce Lee, probably the greatest martial artist to ever appear on film. Born on 27 November 1940, Lee went on to become a pop culture icon of the 20th century and arguably the most influential martial artist of all time. Incredibly, all of this was done before his death in 1973 at the young age of just 32. Most known to filmgoers for his starring roles in five movies, The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Game of Death, and most powerfully in Enter the Dragon, for which he gave a tour de force performance.
Trained in the art of Wing Chun, he combined the disciplines he’d learned with other sources to start Jeet Kune Do, translated as The Way of the Intercepting Fist. His untimely death is thought to be a reaction to a painkiller that brought on a cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain. Speculation on other causes is just that, speculation. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetary in Seattle and such was his popularity his pallbearers included Taky Kimura, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Chuck Norris, George Lazenby, Dan Inosanto, Peter Chin, and Lee’s brother Robert.
It’s a pair of coins from the Perth Mint, the usual one-ounce coloured silver, along with a ¼ oz gold carrying a different design. Both are decent looking affairs, although our personal view is that they’re a little lacking in ambition given the nature of the man and the awesome imagery that’s built up around him. The lack of any Chinese inscriptions, for example, seems a little out of place and would’ve looked more atmospheric than a huge number 75 taking centre-stage. Fundamentally sound however and cool enough to please fans, of which there are legions.
Another mint has a pair of coloured Bruce Lee silver coins coming soon, quite similar in style to the silver one here and we’ll post as soon as the embargo lifts. In the meantime, these can be purchased from the Perth Mint website for $109.00 AUD in silver, and $725.00 in gold, or from your local Perth Mint dealer.