Alien film 40th Anniversary 2 Dollar Coin - Tuvalu - Perth Mint

Alien is a classic science fiction horror movie that artfully explored the worst imaginable scenario in space – being stalked and slain by an aggressive and terrifying extraterrestrial. The groundbreaking 1979 release was a box office hit, earning $80 million in revenues in the US and $105 million worldwide. It also initiated a compelling series of films featuring the iconic titular creature.

Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Alien won a raft of honors, including an Academy Award (Oscar) for Visual Effects. Celebrating its significant impact on the genre and enduring appeal over four decades, this coin portrays the terrifying creature in its skeletal larvae form and disturbingly elongated adult visage.

Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the coin has a maximum mintage of just 1,500 and is only the second colored antiqued coin ever produced by The Perth Mint.

Design

The reverse design depicts the colored head of an adult alien with its gaping maw exposing razor sharp teeth. Overlayed is a representation of the creature in its “face hugger” larval form, the second stage of its development.

The coin’s obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadly effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the weight and fineness, the monetary denomination and the 2019 year-date.

Combining two celebrated numismatic finishes, the coin is rendered in vivid color with a black background, grey “face hugger” and sickly green alien, while also boasting an antiqued finish. This handcrafted finish adds individual abrasions to the coin’s surface for enhanced fine detail and an artifact-like appearance.

Presentation

The coin is housed in a colored egg-shaped case inspired by the oval pods in which alien life first appeared in the presence of the Nostromo landing party. The case opens to reveal four pink petal-shaped membranes as per the alien egg’s hatching process. The coin is displayed in an acrylic case with a cracked appearance which rises as the egg opens. Packaged in a themed shipper, the coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Designer(s):

Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was chosen to appear on the coinage of the United Kingdom in 1998. His design began to appear on collector coins that year and became widespread starting in 1999 (View Designer’s Profile).

Perth Mint artist Jennifer McKenna designed the reverse.

Coin Specifications:

Country:  Tuvalu
Year Of Issue:  2019
Denomination:  2 Dollars (TVD)
Mint Mark:  P
Mintage:  1,500
Alloy:  .9999 Silver
Weight:  62.213 g
Diameter:  40.60 mm
Thickness:  6.42 mm
OBV Designer Ian Rank-Broadley
REV Designer Jennifer McKenna
Quality: Proof

 

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