Heavily into popular culture and movie franchise coins as they are, it’s no surprise that the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales movie due out next month is being given the proof silver coin treatment by the New Zealand Mint. Heavily involved with the Disney-owned Star Wars licence and with coins depicting Disney’s core characters, it was a small step to commemorating the fifth of this staggeringly successful series of blockbusters.
This is a typical NZ Mint design, a one-ounce proof-finish silver coin with a selectively coloured image on the reverse face. The image is based on one of the many movie posters surrounding the release and is clearly aimed at the movie memorabilia market rather than the outright coin collector. The effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse is typical of the mints Niue issued coins.
These are the kinds of coins that will help keep interest in modern numismatics alive. Hardcore coin collectors will be looking at the latest in high-relief or antique-finished launches, but this type of coin will hopefully help bring new blood into the market. It does work, we’ve got multiple examples of movie memorabilia buyers picking up this kind of coin and then getting into buying the more ‘numismatical’ products out there, always a good thing.
This one will sell for $80.00 USD and will be available from later today. It’s a colourful, crisp design, sure to please fans of the movie. The wooden chest packaging, brought over from the mints Journeys of Discovery series, is an appropriate touch and the outer shipper is strikingly designed. The mintage is set at 10,000 pieces.