Sure to blur the lines between coin collectors, movie-lovers and toy enthusiasts, the Perth Mint of Australia has released three 2014 Transformers 4 1 oz Silver Lenticular Coins.
Like the characters the three coins are meant to represent, the designs on the reverse of each coin appears to transform as it is shifted in the light.
They are struck to proof quality in a rectangular shape from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver.
"In 2014, the fourth installment of the hit Transformers movie franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, will be released," offers the Perth Mint in a release. "The Perth Mint has issued three new lenticular commemoratives portraying the characters of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Lockdown."
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are associated with the Autobots, allies of mankind capable of transforming from their robotic selves into everyday vehicles. Lockdown, on the other hand, is described as a rogue Decepticon and a bounty hunter who will stop at nothing to carry out his mission.
Transformers 3 silver coins issued to coincide with the previous movie met with intense demand leading to quick sell-outs. There were also the Optimus and Megatron coins in 2009 that sold out. These newest coins seem poised to see similar demand.
Each new coin is licensed by Hasbro and issued as legal tender under the authority of the government of Tuvalu.
Designs and Specifications of Transformers 4 Lenticular Coins
The three newest Transformers 4 Silver Lenticular Coins are each struck from one ounce of .999 fine silver. These proof quality coins offer the likeness of one of three characters from the movie — Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Lockdown.
Lenticular designs of the characters on the reverse of the coin seem to transform the Autobot or Decepticon from its robotic self into the more common appearance of a vehicle. The designs are shown in full color to enhance the detail offered in the images.
Inscriptions on the reverse designs include TRANSFORMERS and the name of the portrayed robot — OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE or LOCKDOWN. To the right is inscribed 1 OZ 999 SILVER.
Struck as legal tender of the island nation of Tuvalu, Ian-Rank Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse of each coin. Inscribed above is ELIZABETH II and TUVALU with 1 DOLLAR and 2014 below.
The complete specifications of each coin is offered below:
Transformers 4 Lenticular Coin Specifications
|Silver Content (Troy oz)||1|
|Monetary Denomination (TVD)||1|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||31.135|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||47.60 x 27.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||4.00|
|Maximum Mintage||5,000 of each|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Jennifer McKenna|
As shown in the chart above, maximum mintage for each coin is 5,000. Each ships in a unique cube shaped presentation case. With the press of a button, the case opens up revealing the coin within and a light shining on the strike.
Pricing of the individual coins is listed as AUS $104.55, or US $96.77. A three-coin bundle is also offered for AUS $286.36, or US $266.56.
Both options may be purchased directly from the Perth Mint of Australia (www.perthmint.com.au) via this affiliate link. (Website load time is currently very slow.)
TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2014 Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Perhaps these have Transformed into Silver Bar Art!