The Perth Mint gives us a first look at its latest celebration of James Bond. The limited edition series features twenty-five coins embossed with iconic poster art, one for each film. From April 2021 to March 2022, The Perth Mint will issue two new coins per month in film release order, from Dr. No to No Time To Die. The coins are made from 1/2oz 99.99% silver in a maximum mintage of 12,700.
The first two coins, marking Dr. No and From Russia With Love, are now available to order at 007Store. The Dr. No coin features illustrations by Mitchell Hooks, well-known at the time as a paperback book cover artist, in the colouring as seen on the USA poster. The From Russia With Love coin draws on the UK poster by Renato Fratini. Bond’s pose was a composite of two photos and has become one of his iconic stances, repeated by subsequent 007s.
As the official mint of Australia, The Perth Mint is wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia and makes platinum, silver and gold coins for collectors and customers worldwide. To create the James Bond 25 Coin Collection, the mint’s design team have reimagined elements of the original movie posters to work within a 32mm diameter. The blank coins are made from huge rolls of pure silver and each is then struck three times to create the design before being transferred to the printing area where the colour is applied.
Bond collectors can take advantage of the 007Store Coin Collectors Subscription Service. The unique service gives a special reduced price, presentation folders, and first access to a special release gold Bond coin.