There’s little denying that the New Zealand Mints ‘Chibi’ coin collection has been one of the hits of the year. Despite a release schedule so hectic that the $100 USD coins have been released on a weekly basis at times, they’ve consistently managed to sell out of issue after issue.While that mint is mining the DC Comics, Harry Potter, and Star Wars franchises for inspiration, the first competitor has tapped into the much loved Back to the Future movie trilogy for its subject matter.
Following the concept of big head a2633090nd little body, also called Super-deformed in its Japanese homeland, Australia-based ‘The Coin Company’ has released the first two of its coins – Doc Brown and Marty McFly. Both are perfect encapsulations of the respective characters, differing from the NZ Mint offerings in taking a perspective, rather than head-on depiction. We’ve yet to see actual coin images, but these look so clean and colourful that we’d imagine the actual coin won’t vary greatly.
Each is an ounce in weight and has a very small 888 mintage, far below the already tight 2,000 figure of their Antipodean neighbours’ Chibi coins. Packaging looks equally up to the task, important in the movie memorabilia market. These seem to have sold out very quickly, despite the circa-$120 USD pricetag, but they are pretty cool, so you may have to do some hunting to get your hands on them. We’ll see if there are any more to come. It seems a poor show not to get some Biff, at least.