After the issue of a movie poster coin and the removal of a cool-looking large poster foil from the schedule, we didn’t expect to see any more Alien coins to put in an appearance. Fortunately, we were wrong and not only has the Perth Mint launched a new addition to celebrate this phenomenal movie, it has done so with some style and originality.
The coin uses the mints new favourite 2oz silver, antique-finish, rimless format that it introduced with the Gods of Olympus series, and one that has gone on to be the darling of the coin world in recent years. For only the second time, however, there’s colour in the mix. The coin design is, in our opinion at least, simply stunning. Drawing on H.R. Gigers brilliant art, it depicts a lightly coloured Xenomorph in profile, with the classic facehugger in pose in the foreground. Simple enough, yet extremely effective in encapsulating the essence of this movie. We absolutely love it.
The packaging is certainly eye-catching and innovative, although not quite a slam-dunk. The alien egg is so iconic and is well reproduced here, if a little clunky. We’d love to have seen this used as a base and had it skinned with latex and then coloured. That way the ‘leather-skin’ effect could have been maintained, and the hinge system would not have been visible. It’s a small criticism, however, and we’re glad the Perth Mint put the effort in to making something different and such an excellent display for the coin. That doesn’t mean we want to see a whole series of them. The Star Trek coin range was not helped by the overuse of the tacky transporter packaging.
Selling for $230 AUD and available today, the coin has a mintage of 1,500 pieces – quite low for the type. It’s all wrapped up in a neat shipper with an enclosed Certificate of Authenticity. Quite brilliant and easily our favourite popular culture coin from the Perth Mint. We wish they showed this level of imagination and effort with more of them.