Easily one of the most complex and well regarded science fiction creations of all time, Dune is an incredible tale, spanning generations of events over expanses of space almost incomprehensible in scale. That it manages to do so while focusing on the interplay between the factions and characters within it is quite astonishing. Throw in themes of cult-hood, manipulation, drug dependence and ecology, and it should be obvious this is no Buck Rogers, or that we love it here. Made into an eclectic movie by David Lynch back in 1984, the failure of that reinforced the notion that the novels are unfilmable, but Denis Villeneuve has created a movie launching right now that covers the first half of the first book, and is garnering some great reviews.
This new silver bullion round series from APMEX is firmly rooted in the Villeneuve movie, taking its iconography directly from it. There are two base rounds, one featuring the symbol of the good guys, House Atreides, the other the big bads, House Harkonnen. They share a common obverse with the movie logo overlaid on a sand dune background. Also available are the same designs but with the logos highlighted in colour. Joining that pair is a third coloured design, and our favourite of the three, which depicts the giant sandworm of Arrakis that is part of the cycle creating the spice Melange. A very unique design. The coloured coins come presented in a slab.
Finally, there’s a terrific set which has a round in it with a unique design. Coloured on both faces, it’s a simple, but striking affair. However, it isn’t the main attraction. Inside the wooden box that holds this set is a glass vial in which is stored 3.1 grams (0.1oz) of gold grains. No doubt meant to look like a vial of Melange, it’s a cool way to add the yellow metal instead of another coin. While the rest of the rounds have an unlimited mintage, the set is capped at just 500 pieces. I want one! The whole range is available to pre-order now, with shipping from early next month. A very cool release.