Pop-culture coins remain as popular as ever in numismatic circles. Here’s a look at a small mix of recent issues from different mints.

It’s been a while since we did one of our pop-culture coin round-ups, mainly because we try to give things a break now and then for the sake of variety, and also because they’re tedious to put together. I’ve tried to cover everything newly released in previous articles, but it’s too much, so we’ve picked some of the more unusual items this time.

The usual producers are here again, with the New Zealand Mint present, despite a reduced output while they re-jig (they changed hands recently), MTB-PAMP, and purveyors of many an unusual coin, MDM Wholesale. All are old hands in this genre, with fine records, plenty of variety, and a wide range of franchises to draw from. This time we have Harry Potter (easily one of the most popular coin licences if our giant guide is any indicator!), DC Comics, Coca-Cola, and a new blockbuster film homage, Godzilla v Kong.

2024 HARRY POTTER NIMBUS 2000 (MDM Wholesale)

MDM does love to play around with dimensional coin shapes, releasing an extraordinary range over the last decade that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. They’ve had an oddly shaped Harry Potter coin before, one aping the Snitch from the Quidditch game, and this issue continues that theme with one of the flying broomsticks from the same game.

Apparently, this is the Nimbus 2000, the racing broom of choice for Harry Potter, and, to quote the wiki “at the time of its release in 1991, it was the fastest broomstick in production…until it was replaced as the top broomstick by the Nimbus 2001”. That’s the life of a broom in the HP world – one minute you’re the star of the top sport, the next you’re sweeping piles of horse crap out of the stables…

The coin is impressive, whatever the subject. A very unusual piece, really well presented, it’s formed in three-ounces of silver, and completely gilded. This has to be of interest to collectors of the more esoteric numismatics, and Harry Potter fans will love it, for sure. The mintage of 2,000 is healthy enough.


The latest film in the ‘Monsterverse’ saga is Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, and looks to be another effects-heavy, story-light entrant into a long-running saga. Honestly, fans of the giants will likely get more enjoyment from the latest Japanese Kaiju film, Godzilla Minus One, which has had epic reviews since its premiere. However, we’re here to look at the merits of the coins, not the films.

There are two, individually available, one-ounce silver pieces, undenominated, and shaped, but not dimensional. One depicts Kong, and the other, Godzilla. They have a border, but are otherwise fully coloured on the reverse face. The obverse is the same for both, a simple repeating pattern of the films title. They come in a tin, with a themed slip cover. Simple pieces, fans will like them, but like the film, they’re not going to set pulses rising.


There’s been quite a bit of activity on the Coca-Cola front of late, with new bullion round ranges having debuted recently, along with this. Without question, the classic Coca-Cola glass bottle is one of the most iconic things in the world of food, so making a silver round in it shape seems a bit of a no-brainer. It’s already inspired a wide range of bottle cap coins from the now defunct Crown Mint, so the whole bottle was only a matter of time.

The Coca-Cola memorabilia market is large, and this release will fit right into that. The bottle-shaped piece is detailed on both faces, and coloured on one. The packaging is genius, reproducing an old vending machine from the 1950s, and with a themed vintage Certificate of Authenticity. A cleverly done piece of memorabilia.

BATMAN 85 YEARS: 1966 LOGO (New Zealand Mint)

Batman has had many incarnations over the years, almost countless, in fact, but a few stand out for being a little off the norm. Created in 1939, the Caped Crusader has since appeared in multiple series of comics, films, cartoons, and TV shows, each with their own aesthetic. With Batman now 85 years old, the NZ Mint is releasing a new range of coins to celebrate, just as they did for his 80th birthday.

They’ve chosen to do one of the many Batman logos for this one, and it’s from the cult classic 1960s television series, Batman. Honestly, this series was an absolute blast, completely nonsensical, but played straight-faced, with a cast of weirdos, played with brilliantly by some of the best actors of the day. The ‘Holy’ catchphrase is a popular icon, and the series is packed to the rafters with classic scenes.

The coin takes the shape of the logo, and is antique-finished, with no sign of colour, surprisingly. Like all the coins here, it’s one for fans of the franchise, and for those collectors, we can see it being a hit. The packaging is the usual top-tier NZ Mint, and the 1,939 mintage means it should be easy to pick one up. A simple piece, but bang on target for the audience.


HP NIMBUS 2000 $5 (Samoa) 93.3 g of 0.999 silver 157.0 x 18.5 mm Gilded 2,000
GODZILLA V KONG Undenominated 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 65.0 mm Coloured 1,000
COCA-COLA BOTTLE Undenominated 62.2 g of 0.999 silver 76.0 x 25.0 mm Coloured 2,500
1966 BATMAN LOGO $2 NZD (Niue) 31.1 g of 0.999 silver 52.0 x 32.0 mm Antique 1,939