It’s been a much quieter year on the silver foil front than 2019 was, partly from Coroney, of course, but we think the flood of them was bound to ease off anyway. The main reason is likely the New Zealand Mint, the biggest producers of them, has wrapped up some movie poster sets and hadn’t launched anything major in their place. At present, they still have Harry Potter movie poster reproductions in progress,but it’s mainly solo issues now.
We reckon that’s a good thing, allowing the innovative format to be used in situations where it plays to its advantages over a standard silver coin of similar weight – namely, surface area. The Perth Mint has recently issued a fine range of James Bond foils in two different formats (5g and 35g), but again, they’re movie posters, so hardly pushing the envelope, no matter how nice they are. The best other use for silver foils came early on, with CIT’s really beautiful ‘Waldseemuller Map’ back in November 2017, a concept revisited by Downies with its Captain James Cook map earlier this year.
Now the NZ Mint has issued its own silver foil map, and it also heralds the first of its new Lord of the Rings franchise to hit the market. It’s a very cool choice for the launch, both different and with imagery prized by fans – giving a good background to the story. This is one of the mints premium foils, so a relatively huge 175 x 262 mm in size, despite tipping the scales at just 35 grams (0.999 silver). We love the presentation of these. They come in a big acrylic ‘capsule-frame’ that allows for easy display, making them a fine focal point for a collector.