The first coin is, in our opinion, an absolute bullseye of a design. That fabulous 50’s sci-fi movie aesthetic is in full force here – the sleek rocket ship, alien landscape, and ringed planet are all in evidence here, enhanced by a bold, but not overdone, application of colour. The star of the show is the way that the mint has incorporated the design into its modded circle style of shaped strike. The planetary rings and the ends of the rocket extend out past what would’ve been the border of a standard coin in such a way that it looks completely natural.
The obverse of this Solomon Islands issue has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II of Planet Bongo in the centre, surrounded by that old atomic pattern. The background field has a printed circuit-board pattern in it (ironically the only design element a little out of place for the theme), and that also carries the date and the coin serial number.
The packaging is as neat as ever, comprising a tray inside a themed slipcase, which has some beautiful artwork on it. It’s a one-ounce proof silver coin with a mintage of 2,500 pieces. Straight up, we think this is a wonderful idea that’s been exceptionally well realised. It’s going to be a pleasure to see what comes next. It could be flying cars, robots, wonder-weapons, space exploration, – the list is almost endless – but on the evidence of this debut release, it will be worth waiting for. This particular coin, and we assume series, is exclusively distributed by US dealer Glines & Rhodes Precious Metals, and it should be available to order from today. We love it.