Fictional Gotham City is a long way from the island of Niue, but new
collector coins from American Precious Metals Exchange bridge the gap
between fiction and fact.
The distributor is releasing two 2014 coins in the name of Niue,
marking the 75th anniversary of Batman: a Proof .999 fine silver $5
coin and a Proof .9999 fine gold $25 coin. Both feature the “Caped
Crusader” on the reverse, with Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen
Elizabeth II on the obverse.
The 2-ounce silver coin in the program measures 50.8 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage limit of 7,500 pieces. The quarter-ounce
gold coin measures 22 millimeters in diameter and is limited to a
mintage of 750 pieces.
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Batman, a character launched in 1939 that acquired its own quarterly
publication in 1940, is the star of movies, TV shows, video games,
cartoons, and comic books.
Purchasers of both coins may use an augmented reality feature with
an Android or Apple tablet or mobile phone, to launch a 3-D image of
Batman, batarang and grapnel gun in hand, next to the coin. The app
allows users to take “selfie” images alongside the Dark Knight.
The diecut stainless steel certificate of authenticity includes a
facsimile signature of Frank Miller, the filmmaker and creator of
The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel. In addition, the
coins’ packaging includes a “75 years” Batman lapel pin and a Batman
The coins were released on Nov. 26. The silver coin retails for
$129.99 and the gold coin is priced at $599.
A limited number of coins with a real Frank Miller signature on the
certificate of authenticity, at an as-yet-to-be-determined price, will
be available soon.
To order, visit the firm’s website.
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