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August, 2022

The NZ Mint’s late July releases include horror movies, Harry Potter, Batman, and a yellow bird who tawt he taw a puddy-tat…

By |2022-08-09T11:50:13+01:00August 9th, 2022|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Medallion, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

The NZ Mint's late July releases include horror movies, Harry Potter, Batman, and a yellow bird who tawt he taw a puddy-tat... In our second catch-up of New Zealand Mint popular-culture releases, we have the usual selection of Chibi, Harry Potter, DC Comics, Star Wars, and more, encompassing a decent selection of styles and formats. There should be something of interest here, but if not, the mint will have something soon, [...]

February, 2022

Batman is back with another reboot and another actor playing the iconic role. The NZ Mint is prepared for it.

By |2022-02-21T16:51:35+00:00February 21st, 2022|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Batman is back with another reboot and another actor playing the iconic role. The NZ Mint is prepared for it. I think we're on safe ground assuming anybody reading this will know who Batman is, having been around since 1939, and that you're also aware of the character's various incarnations over the years, so we'll head straight onto the new coin. Also varying considerably over the last decade, is the variety [...]

November, 2021

Batman Returns with an impressive new 80 mm tall silver miniature of the Caped Crusader crusading

By |2021-11-17T19:07:37+00:00November 17th, 2021|Categories: Movies & TV, Miniatures, Silver, NZ Mint|

Batman Returns with an impressive new 80 mm tall silver miniature of the Caped Crusader crusading It's been a while since we've seen a silver miniature emanate from the New Zealand Mint, with only Grogu from the mega-hit The Mandalorian show coming out, but we have seen others dip their toes in. The Mint of Gdańsk launched a very well done Geralt of Rivia statue, and Coins Today have dipped into [...]

October, 2021

Movie and TV coins for mid October – Potter, Batman, 007, Green Lantern, and a good doggie

By |2021-10-15T17:16:20+01:00October 15th, 2021|Categories: Banknote / Foil, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint, Perth Mint, The Coin Company, Tuvalu|

Movie and TV coins for mid October - Potter, Batman, 007, Green Lantern, and a good doggie Regular media licenced coin roundup number four, we'll continue to do these as while they're quite time-consuming to put together, they are quicker than individual articles would be. Besides, the genre as a whole is quite repetitive, so it frees up time to focus on more original releases. We do feel the need to [...]

September, 2021

Movie, TV and Popular Culture coin roundup for early September – Batman, Monsters Inc, and head bangers

By |2022-04-01T14:51:28+01:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Banknote / Foil, Film/TV roundup, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint, Perth Mint, The Coin Company, Tuvalu|

Movie, TV and Popular Culture coin roundup for early September - Batman, Monsters Inc, and head bangers This is our third, roughly fortnightly round-up of coins in the popular culture genre. This has turned out to be an excellent way to corral the ever-increasing number of such coins, which are popular, so worthy of coverage, but time consuming for a one-man band like AgAuNEWS. We do still run Quicklooks on some stuff, [...]

July, 2021

Batman Returns! Mint XXI debuts a high-end silver coin featuring the classic comic book superhero

By |2021-07-14T12:46:45+01:00July 14th, 2021|Categories: Movies & TV, Gilded, Silver, Cook Islands, MintXXI|

Batman Returns! Mint XXI debuts a high-end silver coin featuring the classic comic book superhero Few characters in popular culture need as little introduction as the ultra-iconic DC Comics superhero, Batman. The Dark Knight has been the subject of thousands of comics, novels, TV series and movies, to the degree that he’s been impossible to miss. The Dark Knight has also been a regular feature in the coin world for a [...]

May, 2021

Wonder Woman follows Batman as the second release in the New Zealand Mint’s DC Comics bullion range

By |2021-05-03T13:53:57+01:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Art & Literature, Bullion, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Wonder Woman follows Batman as the second release in the New Zealand Mint's DC Comics bullion range It seems that popular culture continues its inroads into the bullion coin market with the New Zealand Mint expanding its DC Comics range. Batman debuted via exclusive distributor EMK back in January, and now fellow Justice League member, Wonder Woman, joins the precious metal line-up.The design is clearly in the same vein [...]

January, 2021

Holy investment opportunity, Batman!! The Dark Knight hits the bullion market with a new gold and silver coin

By |2021-01-18T14:23:33+00:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Art & Literature, Bullion, Gold, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Holy investment opportunity, Batman!! The Dark Knight hits the bullion market with a new gold and silver coin With the big success of Star Wars and Disney bullion coins, the New Zealand Mint is now trying its hand at shoehorning its many Warner Brothers licences into the market as well. It's a good idea. The Perth Mint and LPM have long issued silver bullion coins based on the expansive Marvel Comics [...]

June, 2020

BATMAN HUSH #4 THE KISS (2020, NZ MINT)

By |2020-06-11T16:58:44+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks|

Fourth and last entry in a series continuing the art of comics legend Jim Lee, produced for Batman: Hush. Antique finished with colour highlights, these remain one of our favoiurite coins of the genre. Available now, these are very well presented in a solid acrylic frame which look great. Price is around $105.00 USD LINKS: PREVIOUS COINS IN THE SERIES

May, 2020

2020 BATMAN HUSH #3 THE CAPED CRUSADER (NZ MINT)

By |2020-05-11T15:51:47+01:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: Quicklooks|

The third in a series featuring the art of comics legend Jim Lee, produced for the acclaimed series, Batman: Hush. Antique finished with selective colour, these 31.1g (1oz) 0.999 silver coins are easily amongst our favourites of the genre. This one benefits from a particularly expansive amount of uncoloured background art, with the depiction of Poison Ivy looking reminiscent of the Helvetic Mints pretty 'Dark Beauties' series. Available now, these are very [...]

March, 2020

Jim Lee’s brilliant Batman story, ‘Hush’ inspires Niue’s latest DC comic series silver coins

By |2020-03-27T16:49:41+00:00March 27th, 2020|Categories: Art & Literature, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Jim Lee's brilliant Batman story, 'Hush' inspires Niue's latest DC comic series silver coins When you take one of the most iconic superhero characters of all time and give him to one of the best comic artists of the modern age, you get a story like Batman: Hush. Originally published over 12 issues of Batman (#608 in Oct 2002 until #619 in Sept 2003, the Jeph Loeb penned story [...]

February, 2020

Same Bat-time, same bat-channel! The sidekick and the arch-enemy join Batman 66 coin series

By |2020-02-18T13:55:46+00:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Same Bat-time, same bat-channel! The sidekick and the arch-enemy join Batman 66 coin series Back for a second batch of coins, Batman 66 is the weirdest and most fun of all the superhero series, if not one exactly true to the comics. Last December saw Batman and The Penguin released to kick off this series, and now we have his over-energetic sidekick, Robin, and the most iconic of all [...]

June, 2019

Did he retake his driving test in the Batmobilityscooter? Batman is 80 years old and Niue celebrates

By |2019-06-25T15:09:48+01:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Art & Literature, Banknote / Foil, Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Miniatures, Silver, Niue Island, NZ Mint|

Did he retake his driving test in the Batmobilityscooter? Batman is 80 years old and Niue celebrates Despite the juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it's probably fair to say that Batman remains the most well known and iconic superhero in popular culture today. Appearing in multiple blockbuster movies, often of outstanding quality, various television series, books and, of course, thousands of comic books, the [...]

May, 2019

BATMAN VILLAINS SILVER FOILS (2019) by the New Zealand Mint

By |2021-10-30T21:25:14+01:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: , |

2019 BATMAN VILLAINS SILVER FOILS by the New Zealand Mint 2018 was a busy year for the New Zealand Mint as they continued to popularise the silver foil with a whole swathe of variously sized designs. They’ve obviously had some success with the relatively new type of coin as 2019 has seen the selection expand further. We can now add Batman Villains to the list. The mint has three [...]

April, 2019

Iconic cover of one of the greatest Batman stories of all time is reproduced on a silver foil

By |2019-04-30T14:32:51+01:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Banknote / Foil, Coloured, Movies & TV, Silver, NZ Mint|

Iconic cover of one of the greatest Batman stories of all time is reproduced on a silver foil The New Zealand Mint's Premium Silver Foil range has churned up some interesting designs since they debuted last year, all of them part of their popular culture ranges. The focus has been on tweaked reproductions of either movie posters (Star Wars, Star Trek mainly), or classic comic book covers [...]

August, 2018

Batmans first solo comic book has its cover immortalised on a new silver foil

By |2018-08-25T11:26:12+01:00August 26th, 2018|Categories: News Nuggets, Banknote / Foil, Art & Literature, NZ Mint|

Batmans first solo comic book has its cover immortalised on a new silver foil 2018 BATMAN #1 While his first appearance was in May 1939's Detective Comics #1, Batman didn't get his own comic until the publication of Batman #1 in the Spring of 1940. With a run that continues to this day, Batman comics have introduced a whole universe of esoteric and ruthless villains and heroes. [...]

July, 2018

Ultra-classic debut of Batman in Detective Comics #27 is showcased on a premium silver foil

By |2018-07-08T11:53:48+01:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Art & Literature, News Nuggets, Banknote / Foil, NZ Mint|

Ultra-classic debut of Batman in Detective Comics #27 is showcased on a premium silver foil 2018 DETECTIVE COMICS #27 Considered the second most valuable comic book of all time, just behind the Superman debut in Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27 from May 1939 was the first ever appearance of one of popular cultures true giants - Batman. A comic character that long ago transcended the genre [...]

February, 2016

Royal Canadian Mint debuts new range of Batman v Superman blockbuster movie coins

By |2016-11-05T06:31:14+00:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Canada, Royal Canadian Mint|

For the fourth year in a row, the Royal Canadian Mint have debuted their latest Superman coins, and for the first time they're doing it specifically for a movie. In the past there's been a mix of comic art and covers from across this iconic Superheroes vast library of work, but with the release of the new blockbuster movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. From the title you'd think it [...]

June, 2022

The New Zealand Mint’s impressive silver miniature range expands with a second Darth Vader statue

By |2022-06-30T14:58:38+01:00June 30th, 2022|Categories: Movies & TV, Miniatures, NZ Mint|

The New Zealand Mint's impressive silver miniature range expands with a second Darth Vader statue It's been a while since we saw a new miniature from the New Zealand Mint, but here we are with a second Darth Vader statue. The mint has quite a wide variety of these, spread mainly across its DC Comics, Disney, Star Trek, and Star Wars licences, all sculpted by the clearly very talented, Alejandro Pereira [...]

April, 2022

The NZ Mint dominates our latest TV/Film coin round-up with a Star Wars Battle Scenes series, Lord of the Rings, and Pinocchio

By |2022-04-22T19:22:42+01:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Bullion, Film/TV roundup, Coloured, Movies & TV, Gold, Silver, Crown Mint, NZ Mint|

The NZ Mint dominates our latest TV/Film coin round-up with a Star Wars Battle Scenes series, Lord of the Rings, and Pinocchio Our second round-up of film and television themed coins this month, as the flood of issues continues unabated. The New Zealand Mint is here in numbers, of course, along with APMEX and the Crown Mint, but it's a surprise to see Singaporean producer, Precious Metal Collectors join the ranks, [...]

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