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 (DC, Star Wars). The latest release is certainly a classic of the comic book world, but of a much more modern variety.
Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s seminal story of conflict between the Caped Crusader and his greatest nemesis, The Joker, has entered comic book legend for its brutal theme, complex interplay, and outstanding artwork. This isn’t like the old Zap and Kerpowww stories of old, but a deep look at the effect of trauma on the human psyche, and the consequences for others. It also has a quite sublime piece of cover art.
Brian Bolland is a talented cover artist and despite reaching even greater highs than seen here, especially with his work on the British character Judge Dredd, this is his signature work. Even if the graphic novel was an average piece of literature, this would be a desirable piece of artwork, but the classic status of the novel lifts this up much higher. It’s a terrific choice for presentation in this large silver format.
This isn’t a coin, despite others in the range getting issued for Niue, but in other respects it’s the same. Just over an ounce in weight at 35 grams, and reaching out to an expansive 175 x 262mm, it comes sealed in acrylic with a frame that allows for easy display. Comic book art is very popular, of course, and this is one of the very best ways to show it off. Selling for around $130.00 USD, it is available today.