“Nooo, Mr Bond, I expect you to buy!”. The Royal Mint celebrates six decades of 007 with Little Nellie.

Last year saw the 60th anniversary of the first of the serious James Bond movies, back in 1962 when Dr. No debuted to widespread critical acclaim, creating legions of fans that persist to this day. The 1960s saw the release of a further five films, all but one, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring Sean Connery. The films were huge hits in their day, with two of them amongst the three most successful of the franchise at the box office when adjusted for inflation, beaten only by the brilliant 2012 hit, Skyfall.

Many aficionados consider the 1960s as the best decade for Bond, although I’d argue the Craig-era is its equal. The Royal Mint have launched a coin celebrating that first decade, the first of seven that will chart the celluloid journey of the character to where he is today. Taking the autogyro, Little Nellie, from the 1967 film ‘You Only Live Twice’, the coin depicts Bond flying it over a background filled with a repeated sequence of movie titles from the franchise’s first decade. The border incorporates the iconic gun barrel rifling from the intro sequence.

The range includes three gold proof coins (2oz, 1oz, 1/4oz), three silver proof coins (5oz, 2oz, 1oz), and a pair of one-ounce bullion coins in either silver or gold. Apart from the quality of strike, the packaging, and the limited mintages that differentiate the proof coins, the bullion variants have the coin title and composition micro-engraved in a ring near the rim.

A pretty cool debut for an iconic subject. There are quite a few 007 coins around now, so perhaps warranting one of our Thematic Guides to keep track of them all. These coins should be available to purchase later today, with the bullion coins available at all the usual places. Silver proof coins range from £102.50 to £485.00 each, with gold starting at £750.00, heading up to £5,305.00 for the two ounce. The bullion coins will be spot plus, as always, and there’s a base-metal BU coin in a gatefold pack for just £14.50 for the casual collector.

PRESS RELEASE: The Royal Mint has today unveiled a new range of collectable and bullion coins to celebrate 60 years of Britain’s favourite secret agent – James Bond. The latest 007 range, by The Royal Mint, will see six decades of Bond celebrated on their own official UK collectable and bullion coins. The range offers 007 enthusiasts a unique opportunity to grow their existing collection or invest in precious metals in gold or silver.

Each design will feature an iconic scene from a different decade of Bond. The first coin celebrating 007 in the 1960s depicts Sean Connery’s Bond sat in Little Nellie, the legendary gyroplane from You Only Live Twice. The titles of each Bond film of the decade make up the background, the stylised 007 logo of the 1960s appears at the base of the coin, and the classic gun barrel features around the perimeter of the design.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “James Bond is Britain’s favourite secret agent who has captivated audiences for over 60 years. We are delighted to be unveiling a new collectable coin range to celebrate 007’s journey. Each coin will feature a unique design linking to the films of that decade, which is a testament to the coin making skills that our craftspeople have perfected over the years. We hope 007 enthusiasts and coin collectors find a special place for these limited-edition coins in their existing James Bond or coin collections.”

Andrew Dickey, Director of Precious Metals at The Royal Mint said, “We’re excited to launch the 007 range of bullion coins, a celebration of British culture that combines exclusive design with meticulous craftsmanship. These bullion coins, available in 1oz gold and 1oz silver and minted to the highest specifications, embody the standards of quality and excellence expected from a world-leading mint. I have no doubt they’ll resonate with investors and collectors, as well as a new audience seeking to give the timeless gift of gold or silver.”

£200 UKP 62.42 g of 0.9999 gold 40.0 mm Proof 110
£100 UKP 31.21 g of 0.9999 gold 32.69 mm Proof 260
£25 UKP 7.80 g of 0.9999 gold 22.0 mm Proof 660
£10 UKP 156.3 g of 0.999 silver 65.0 mm Proof 510
£5 UKP 62.86 g of 0.999 silver 40.0 mm Proof 760
£2 UKP 31.21 g of 0.999 silver 38.61 mm Proof 4,007
£25 UKP 31.21 g of 0.9999 gold 32.69 mm Bullion 5,000
£2 UKP 31.21 g of 0.999 silver 38.61 mm Bullion 100,000