It isn’t just the NZ Mint producing dimensional masks of movie franchise characters, with the Crown Mint having issued their Marvel icons series since 2019. Following their Iron Man and Spiderman releases, they’ve now added Black Panther to the range, with what looks like a significant upgrade to detail.
A huge hit on release, the Black Panther movie, starring the sadly departed Chadwick Boseman, was filled with some great cultural imagery and iconography, none more so than Black Panther’s high-tech suit. Fortunately, it appears that the mint has managed to incorporate all of that detail on this ultra-high relief coin. Spiderman and Iron Man have comparitively simpler surface detail on their headgear, so it’s good to see that when the going gets tougher, there are no compromises.
Also unlike previous issues, this one looks beautifully coloured, eschewing an intense black for something that matches the movie incarnation perfectly. The obverse, which holds the Fijiian coat of arms, is antique finished. To top it off, the included Certificate of Authenticity is itself made of two grams of fine silver, to add to the two-ounces that make up the coin itself.
Hard to find fault here. A terrific looking item done full justice by the mint and very well presented. Not a type of coin for everyone, of course, but fans of the MCU, of which there are legions, will find much to love here. The mintage of 5,000 means it should be easy to pick up and not suffer heavy early appreciation, Issues like this broaden the appeal of coin collecting, and that’s a good thing for all of us. Available to order now.