'Transformers: Age of Extinction' hits silver screen in late June, but coins showing characters are out now

Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Lockdown on new coins from Tuvalu
By , Coin World
Published : 06/02/14
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Transformers: Age of Extinction is coming soon to the silver screen, but the wait for silver coins is over. 

The Perth Mint on June 3 (June 2 in North America) released a trio of Proof .999 fine silver dollars showing the characters Bumblebee, Lockdown and Optimus Prime, to be delivered close to the June 27 debut of the movie in theaters.  

The coins use lenticular technology to show the characters making the transformation from robot to vehicle that gives the Transformers franchise its name. This is the fourth series of coins to be issued for the movie franchise since 2009, when coins were issued to coincide with the release of the first movie; each of the two subsequent sequels has been celebrated with coins, and many of the earlier coins have sold out. 

Transformers background

According to the mythology behind the series (based on a toy line), 4 million years ago on the planet Cybertron, emotional and perceptive robots with the ability to think and feel, known as “Transformers,” inhabited the planet. This highly intelligent race of “robots in disguise" was divided into two opposing groups, the heroic and admirable Autobots, and the evil Decepticons. With the ability to disguise themselves by transforming into everyday vehicles such as cars and trucks, the robots can take on many different forms.

The 1-ounce silver coins of Tuvalu are rectangular, measuring 47.6 millimeters tall and 27.6 millimeters wide. 

The reverse of each coin shows the featured character in colorful, lenticular format, along with the coin’s weight and fineness, and the Perth Mint’s P Mint mark. Inscriptions identifying the character and the franchise also appear on the reverses, which were designed by Jennifer McKenna. 

Optimus Prime is “a brave and compassionate commander” leading the Autobots to improve the universe, according to the Perth Mint. Optimus Prime finds himself constantly in battle with the Decepticons in his quest to protect the inhabitants of Earth, and the universe at large. 

Optimus Prime is depicted as a Western Star truck upon transformation.

As a close ally of the humans, Bumblebee was sent to Earth to protect Sam Witwicky in Transformers, becoming his car. In that first movie in the franchise, he transformed from a 1977 Camaro to a newer, sexier, 2009 Chevrolet Camaro after Sam’s girlfriend Mikaela mocked the vintage model. 

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