Few movies have turned heads like Jurassic Park did on its release in 1992. The simple story of a theme park gone awry, the use of state-of-the-art CGI (Computer Generated Imaging) for the rendering of the dinosaurs lifted it to something special. With such names as Steven Spielberg, Stan Winston, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum involved, a big budget was attracted and it seems like every cent is up there on screen. It’s incredible to think that the special effects, something almost taken for granted today, were done a couple of years before the original Sony Playstation was launched.
With the current upsurge in popular-culture coins hitting the market, we’re not surprised to see one celebrating 25 years since Jurassic Park was released. Neither are we surprised that is fell to the New Zealand Mint to do the honours, given their experience in the genre. They have a favoured format for their releases, the NZ Mint are really great experimenters, and that is the one-ounce fine silver coin with selective colour – as employed here.
The Jurassic Park logo is instantly recognisable, so a good decision to use it for the design of the coins reverse face. We’d have liked to have seen something a little more adventurous, but as a first issue (we don’t yet know if more will follow), it’s a sensible first step to judge demand. The antique finish is a nice touch. The obverse carries the usual Ian Rank Bradley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, surrounding which are the rquired coin inscriptions.
The coin is presented in a black coin box, much like those used for the Star Wars coins and is supplied with a serialised certificate of authenticity. The outer shipper is well themed and will be recognised by everyone. Available today, t will sell for $85.00 USD and has a mintage of 10,000.