Pobjoy Mint debuts an innovative cupro-nickel Angry Birds coin for Sierra Leone

We don’t normally cover base metal coins unless they’re a little unusual and this new issue from the British Pobjoy Mint is one the kids will find particularly interesting. Featuring the smash-hit videogame Angry Birds, it depicts the angriest of them all – Red. The bit for the kids comes in the form of a Zappar code on the reverse face that lets you use a mobile phone to put yourself into Angry Bird character selfies.

The coin is struck in cupro-nickel and coloured on the reverse. Issued for Sierra Leone, it carries the good looking emblem of this African nation on its obverse. Mounted in a coloured and themed card, it sells for £16.63 +VAT. Mintage is capped at 10,000.

MINTS DESCRIPTION: Angry Birds hatched as a casual mobile game that has blossomed into one of the most beloved entertainment brands in the world, inspiring over a dozen games, billions of consumer products, several animated series and a hit blockbuster movie. In the centre of the story is the epic battle between the flightless birds and the green pigs. Why do they fight? Because the pigs keep orchestrating new outlandish schemes for stealing the birds’ eggs to bring back to their greedy King. But these eggs contain the birds’ precious Hatchlings which they must protect at all cost. Using whatever means necessary, the birds, led by the reclusive Red, must find a way to foil the cleverest of piggy plans.

The coin itself features Red with the landscape of Bird Island in the background. Presented in a bespoke colour pack, the coin also includes the special Zappar code which when scanned into the Zappar app on a mobile phone allows you to interact with the characters creating images and permits you to take selfies with these enchanting characters.

DENOMINATION $1 Sierra Leone
COMPOSITION Base metal (cupro-nickel)
WEIGHT 28.28 grams
FINISH Brilliant uncirculated
MODIFICATIONS Colour, Zappar code
MINTAGE 10.000
BOX / COA Card mounted