Even though precious metal banknote-style coins are a relatively recent development in the commemorative coin market, it was obvious that there would be modifications to the core format and a desire to push the initial envelope in more ambitious directions. At 150 x 70 mm in size but wafer thin, the coin note format only really has one way to go and that is with changes to width and height.
Coin Invest Trust were the first to do so with their much larger historical map coin called Walseemuller and the New Zealand Mint quickly followed earlier this year with an expanded 35 gram version of their first Star Wars movie poster series. Now this mint has debuted the first in its new DC Comics covers silver foils. These are the same size as the Star Wars foil at a capacious 262 x 170 mm, but this time around they’re not coins and carry no denomination or effigy. What we have here is a reproduction of a classic comic book cover on a silver sheet.
The comic chosen to launch the series is certainly a classic one. Action Comics #1 from 1938 contains the first appearance of Superman, one of the worlds most popular fictional characters of any sort and one that remains just as popular today. It’s an image by Joe Shuster, quite widely known and one that only a very few will ever be able to see in original form. In 2014, a 9.0 graded copy of this comic considered the first true superhero comic, sold for a staggering $3.2m at auction. Action Comics continues to this day and is about to hit issue 1,000.
The foil is sealed in an acrylic frame which can be displayed on a wall. The beauty of these is that, unlike paper, the image shouldn’t fade with time and the silver won’t ‘yellow’ with age. We can imagine these being very popular with the comic book crowd and the recommended price of $130.00 USD is hardly excessive for what’s on offer. Available today, they can be purchased from the mint or from many dealers including quite a few of our worldwide sponsors.