A nice surprise last year, the Space Invaders 40th anniversary coin was the perfect commemoration of the groundbreaking early cult video-game. Using lenticular imagery to replicate the famous spaceship movement, and packaging in a very cool arcade cabinet style box, it’s no surprise that it sold out at the mint. It wasn’t initially indicated that it would be the first of a new series, but here we are with a welcome second issue nevertheless.
Known more for being the launch title for Nintendo’s mega-hit handheld console, the Gameboy, Tetris was the brainchild of Soviet computer programmer, Alexey Pajitnov. Going on to sell over 170 million copies and still popular to this day, the falling block game is certainly a worthy subject for a commemorative coin as it hits its 35th birthday.
No lenticular moving effect this time, sadly, and while it would have been more difficult to implement for Tetris, we think it would’ve been worth the effort – a kind of series signature. Whatever the case, the coin design is colourful and bang on point. Tetris fans, and we’re sure there are more than enough of the 170 million owners of it to mop up just 3,000 of these coins, will love it, we’re sure. With video-game collecting now a very popular and increasingly valuable business, the release of these coins shows great foresight.
As with Space Invaders, the collectability of Tetris 35th is greatly enhanced by the superb packaging. We have last years issue here and can confirm the quality is top notch. While Tetris certainly lacks the arcade appeal of Space Invaders, it was released in that format, and the Russian themed design looks superb. Available right now, this 1oz coloured proof silver coin should sell for around the $80/€80 mark.