Back in July 1993, a company called Wizards of the Coast from Seattle, just three years old, released a Collectable Card Game (CCG) called Magic: The Gathering. Played by 2 or more people using cards bought randomly packaged in small sealed packs, over ten million people regularly play today. Now the New Zealand Mint has been awarded the license to product commemorative coins based on the series and from early reports, it’s already a success.
Magic: the Gathering games represent a battle between mighty wizards, known as “planeswalkers”, who employ spells, artifacts, and creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents. Although the original concept of the game drew heavily from the motifs of traditional fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the gameplay of Magic bears little similarity to pencil-and-paper adventure games, while having substantially more cards and more complex rules than many other card games.
An organized tournament system and a community of professional Magic players has developed, as has a secondary market for Magic cards. Magic cards can be valuable due to their rarity and utility in gameplay. Often the prices of a single card can be anywhere from a few cents to thousands of dollars, so under $150 for an ounce of silver shouldn’t be too painful. The display case is nice as well. We should have some much better images soon and will update the post with them.