While we all love the inventive and ultra high quality ancient mythology coins that are emanating from CIT and the Mint of Poland, it’s cool to have something different land in our laps from time to time. The antique-finished, two ounce rimless silver coin format is an excellent one, not just for gods and mythical beasts, but for other subjects as well. This new US struck release couldn’t be further away from the deities of old – burying itself in the legends of modernity.
Called ‘Alien Invasion’, this new issue for the Republic of Chad depicts a classic 50’s inspired invasion of Earth by a red-eyed Alien and his fleet of laser-blasting flying saucers. The design obviously takes cues from the golden age of invasion movies and is all the better for it. Clawed, humanoid and with exposed musculature, it could easily pass for a guy in a rubber suit and we love that.
The background is filled with a scene of urban devastation and the alien figure in the foreground has red eyes formed from a pair of ruby-red Swarovski crystals. Mercifully, this face is devoid of annoying inscriptions. The obverse features the coat of arms of the Republique du Tchad, one of the African nations increasingly finding favour in the modern commemorative coin market instead of the usual Oceanic island states. The cartoony UFO with its (tractor) beam blasting out from below it is almost like a spotlight on the coat of arms.
Shipping in a wooden box with colourfully themed surround and certificate, there will only be 500 of these minted for sale worldwide. Available from next week, keep your eye on the usual dealers of this coin format, as we suspect they’ll see the potential inherent in something as fresh as this. We suspect you might as well…