Another round up of the latest in movie and television coins – The Minions are Back, as is Star Wars, Harry Potter and more

We published a roundup of popular culture coins last month and it looks to be a decent way to cover many of the ever increasing coins in this genre without cutting down on our ability to maintain a varied selection of other coins. After all, most of these are in series that don’t differ too much in appearance, and everybody knows what Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Comics is anyway, for example.

August has another varied selection of franchises, and there’s an increased number of shaped coins on offer, something the format seems almost custom made for. Minion Kevin remains a particular favourite. Given the intended audience, it’s of little surprise that only one coin exceeds an ounce in weight and there’s only a single gold issue. All together, it’s a neat eclectic selection.

MINION KEVIN (The Coin Company)

WThe third of these to appear, these are brilliant little homages to one of the best set animated characters ever put on film. Kevin is the third of the main trio, the others being Bob and Stuart, so we don’t know where it goes from here, but we hope it continues.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$1 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g TBC Proof / Colour 1,000 YES / YES

LORD OF THE RINGS: ARAGORN (New Zealand Mint)

Like Star Wars and Harry Potter, the New Zealand Mint has a ‘Classic’ series for Lord of the Rings, although it does veer into coloured territory on the silver issues. Aragorn is a popular character and the depiction is decent, if uninspired. The gold is better. This mint has an excellent habit of cropping the image from the 40mm silver coin so that it retains better detail on the smaller 22mm gold variant. In this case, they’ve gone even further with a whole new image. Nice idea.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 Silver 31.1 g 40.0 mm Proof / colour 3,000 YES / YES
$25 NZD (Niue) 0.9999 Gold 7.78 g 22.0 mm Proof 250 YES / YES

JAMES BOND 007 BLACK EDITION (MDM / Perth Mint)

Another version of the Perth Mint’s James Bond 007 bullion coin, it follows one with a gold logo, but this time it’s more of a black edition, employing colour print instead. Limited to 30,000 pieces, MDM also have a version of this mounted to a small blistercard that is branded with the name of the new movie ‘No Time To Die’, although the coin is the same,

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$1 TVD (Tuvalu) 0.9999 silver 31.1 g 40.9 BU / colour 30,000 NO / NO

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 01 (New Zealand Mint)

The New Zealand Mint’s Harry Potter Movie Poster coin series enters the final straight with the first of a duo for the last movie in the series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was divided into two parts, so there will be two posters. Fans will love it, non-fans won’t. The whole movie poster coin thing is actually something we like here. They encapsulate a movie and the time it was issued really well, and is a valid art form in its own right.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g 53.0 x 36.0 mm Proof / colour 5,000 YES / YES

FACES OF THE EMPIRE: DARTH VADER (New Zealand Mint)

Haven’t we seen this before? The mint has issued Darth Vader helmet coins before (although at two-ounces in weight) and also in Chibi form, so we’re surprised to see an amalgamation of the two. This new series debut takes the weight and style of the Chibi series, and combines it with the basic design ethos of the Masks range. Both of those have sold out and become increasingly unaffordable on the secondary market, so we can see why, but with a franchise as deep an varied as Star Wars, you’d think there’d be other things to focus on.

It looks neat, will be really nicely presented, and does give those that missed out on previous issues another chance, especially with the 10,000 mintage. The first in a series, we hope following coins are a bit more original.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g 36 x 35.9 mm Proof / colour 10,000 YES / YES

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WHITE RABBIT (New Zealand Mint)

Another in the series of almost fully coloured scene from the Disney animated movie classic, Alice in Wonderland, this time it’s her meeting with the quirky White Rabbit. Fans of the Disney Classics will love it and these are beautifully coloured and struck, with superb presentation. The second solo release, although there was a four-coin set launched back in 2018.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g 40.0 mm Proof / colour 2,000 YES / YES

JURASSIC PARK: RAPTOR (The Coin Company)

The Jurassic Park franchise seems to be quite popular at the moment, with both bullion and numismatic issues, but these shaped coins are particularly neat. The Tyrannosaurus Rex coin was the first and a good effort, but this Raptor coin is even better. It’s also antiqued, as before, but enhanced in this case with a tinge of colour.

Packaging is very neat in concept, although far too gaudy for my taste. Keep the loud colours for the box and make something a bit more natural and subtle for the frame, woul be my recommenation. Shaped coins are more popular than ever and these are good examples of the type with masses of appeal for fans of the ino movies.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$5 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 62.2 g TBC Antique / colour 600 YES / YES

SHREK (The Coin Company)

Another big franchise hits the shapedd coin market, with the launch of Shrek. A coloured one-ounce coin, it seems to be a natural fit for the format and we’d not be surprised to see more in this series. A well realised piece for a much loved movie franchise.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$2 NZD (Niue) 0.999 silver 31.1 g TBC Proof / colour 1,000 YES / YES
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