It’s movie and TV coin time with our early November round-up of the new releases

Our fifth round-up of movie and TV coins has a couple of surprises, but is generally more of the same. In general, it’s more Chibi, more shaped coins, and more 007, so our decision to round these coins up rather than spend time better spent elsewhere on them is looking more and more sensible.

The genre does have some innovation, and the quality is high, but we figured you’d get as bored of reading about them in depth, as I would writing about a genre with such a high degree of repetition. Anyway, a decent mix, with a new Shrek bullion coin as well. There’s more due later this month, including The Simpsons, and a surprisingly great-looking Street Fighter coin from LPM.

NOTE. Scooby on hold. Will republish at a later date, hopefully.

CHIBI: NOVEMBER FIRST PAIR (New Zealand Mint)

The Chibi tsunami continues with the first of two pairs to drop in November. Kylo Ren from Star Wars will no doubt be a popular pick, as it’s the first time the character has appeared in this form, but Superman, like last month’s Batman, is a rehash of an earlier release. It looks decent, but we’d rather than invested the time and effort elsewhere in the series. We are due a new debut for the next pair, so we’re looking forward to that.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g Max 36.0 mm Proof, colour 2,000 YES / YES

JAMES BOND: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (Perth Mint)

The Perth Mint’s extensive run through the library of iconic James Bond movies continues with the classic Diamonds Are Forever. The seventh Bond movie, and the last official one that starred Sean Connery, it was a hit on release and remains popular today.

As always, a simple one-ounce, proof silver coin with a smattering of colour, the series does a deft job of picking up scenes from the movies to depict, but they remain unadventurous in execution. The presentation is excellent, however, so a nice gift for the fans of Bond, Jameshh Bond…

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$1 TVD (Tuvalu) 0.9999 silver 31.1 g 40.90 mm Proof / Colour 5.000 YES / YES

BACK TO THE FUTURE: DE LOREAN (The Coin Company)

The Coin Company continues to showcase its shaped-coins with the latest in its Back to the Future range. They’ve concentrated on foils for this franchise so far, along with some super-deformed mini characters, so this is a new direction, especially given the two-ounce weight and antique finish. The coin looks okay, with the choice of angle perhaps not showing off the De Lorean in full BTTF form that clearly. However, it’s sold out at the mint, so what do we know..?

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 62.2g TBC Antiqued 888 YES / YES

2021 JURASSIC WORLD: MOSASAURUS (The Coin Company)

Jurassic Park and the sequel Jurassic World seems to have turned into a big hit for The Coin Company, and the latest is another two-ounce shaped beastie from the latter. Always a hugely impressive animal, the Mosasaurus is recreated in fine form here. Also antique-finished and lushly presented, this is another one that seems bang on target for the intended audience.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 62.2 g TBC Proof / colour 600 YES / YES

SPACE JAM 25th ANNIVERSARY (New Zealand Mint)

The 1996 merging of animation and live-action, Space Jam, is now 25 years old and enjoying a sequel. A basketball movie in which a group of rich actors and celebrities are out-acted by a cartoon rabbit, has also been a family favourite for ages, so we can see why the NZ Mint has gone for it. To be fair, it is a dynamic and colourful coin, and with the neat basketball obverse, will no doubt find much love with fans of the movie. Attractive presentation will help, but we’d expect nothing less of this producer.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g 40.0 mm Proof 1,996 YES / YES

SHREK CHRISTMAS BU (Sunshine Mint)

A simple Shrek Christmas coin from the Sunshine Mint, this is another example of the chaotic nature of franchising in the coin market, with this at least the third current producer of Shrek coins. Issued for Fiji rather than Niue, it’s a 10,000 mintage one-ounce silver coin of uninspiring design. Again, one for the fans, and with the added bonus of being quite a bit cheaper than anything else here, and by far the best value for the stacker.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$0.5 (Fiji) 0.999 silver 31.1 g 39.0 mm B / UNC 10,000 NO / NO
NEW ZEALAND MINT
THE COIN COMPANY