Now here’s something that takes me back! I remember struggling to get an import Sega Megadrive when the importers first starting getting them in and was lucky enough to snag one. A wonderful piece of hardware with some fantastic games, much different to the over-complex and heavily monetised market we have now, it, and the Super Nintendo, went on to bring in a golden age of gaming that helped make the industry what it is today – bigger than movies or music, in fact.
While Nintendo had its Italian plumber, Mario, Sega debuted a considerably more glitzy and fast-paced character with Sonic the Hedgehog. While lacking the depth of Mario, we didn’t care, as it had, for its time, stunning graphics and fun gameplay. It’s of little surprise that it’s still a cultural icon some 30 years later. APMEX noticed, and Sonic is joining Tetris and Pacman with a new range of celebratory coins.
This is a silver range, comprising a bullion coin with a classic Sonic pose, as well as a proof version of the same design. There are 30,000 of the one ounce bullion coins, and a tiny 300 of the proof. The latter is presented in a box with a COA, while the former is sold either encapsulated, or in one of the APMEX TEP slabs.. Also available are four coloured bullion coins with unique designs, featuring Sonic, and three other characters from the franchise, each with a 3,000 mintage. They sell for $5 more than a similarly slabbed basic Sonic coin, but aren’t as cool in my opinion.
A neat range, available now, it’s clear that we’re seeing videogames as a valid subject for the coin market, with both the New Zealand Mint and LPM digging deep into the genre. Not one for the older collector, perhaps, but surely a good thing as far as atrracting new collectors to the hobby, especially given just what a juggernaut the gaming market is now.