Back to the Future’s iconic ‘OUTATIME’ licence plate is reproduced on a two-ounce silver coin

The much loved Robert Zemeckis time-travel comedy ‘Back to the Future’ has spawned a small number of commemorative coins over the last few years, starting with a 30th anniversary range of issues from the Perth Mint in 2015. It wasn’t until March this year that The Coin Company came back with a neat coloured silver coin, fairly standard in nature, but with some custom packaging that raised it into something fans would have loved. That one was themed around the iconic De Lorean car.

This one continues the theme, but focuses even tighter on a single element of it, the famous OUTATIME number plate. One of those items inextricably linked to a movie, the plate is perfectly reproduced in miniature on this two-ounce fine silver coin. It’s a design aimed at a knowledagble fanbase, rather than the general collector, and we’re all for that. We cover popular culture coins here quite extensively, because we believe they’re a gateway to draw new collectors into the hobby.

This rectangular coin features colour on the reverse to complete the effect,but we particularly like what they’ve done with the obverse, cleverly replicating the reversed imprint of a genuine stamped plate. A small touch, but one that will pay dividends if displayed in the superb free-standing frame the coin comes in, which itself is heavily themed.

A themed shipper box and a Certificate of Authenticity round out the package, which is available now. The mintage of this one seems to be pretty tight for the genre at 750 pieces. It should ship later this month and retails around the $279 AUD mark. An issue available from Direct Coins in Australia.

BACK TO THE FUTURE 1985

Seventeen-year-old Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955 in a time machine built from a DeLorean by eccentric scientist Emmett “Doc” Brown, when they are attacked by Libyan terrorists from whom Doc stole the plutonium that gives the flux capacitor the 1.21 gigawatts it needs to time-travel. Soon after his arrival in 1955, Marty’s mother Lorraine falls in love with him, rather than with his father George McFly, threatening to cause a paradox that would result in Marty ceasing to exist. Without plutonium to power the time machine, Marty must find the 1955 Doc Brown to help him reunite his parents and return to 1985.

The efforts of Biff Tannen, George’s bully and supervisor, further complicate Marty’s situation until Marty successfully causes his parents to fall in love and simultaneously convinces George to finally stand up to Biff. Returning to the future via a lightning strike that powers the machine, Marty discovers a vastly improved situation for the McFly family, as a much more confident George has become an accomplished science fiction author, Marty’s two older siblings have better lives, he owns the car of his dreams, and an apparently-softened Biff is now an auto detailer, rather than George’s supervisor. Despite 1955 Doc’s insistence on not knowing details of the future, a note Marty leaves in his pocket prevents him from being killed by the terrorists. But in the film’s final moments, Doc Brown appears in a modified version of the DeLorean and tells Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer Parker that they must travel to the future to fix a problem caused by Marty and Jennifer’s kids.(Wikipedia)

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SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $2 NZD (Niue)
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 62.2 grams
DIMENSIONS 80.0 x 40.0 mm
FINISH Proof
MODIFICATIONS Laquered, colour
MINTAGE 750
BOX / C.O.A. Yes / Yes
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